Producers from Ghana at BioFach Germany
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The Ghanaian German Economic Association (GGEA) is organising “a strategic business delegation” to participate in Biofach 2014. Representatives of about ten firms and individual producers of organics are expected at the fair taking place in Nuremberg from 12 – 15 February 2014, Ghana Broadcasting Company reports.
The delegates will network with decision makers to learn current trends in the organic food sector and market their products. Ghanaian farmers should capitalise on the fact that its largest trading partner, the European Union, preferred organic food to GMO food, according to the President of the GGEA, Mr. Stephen Antwi. “Ghana should, therefore, do everything to muster and increase growing crops organically, especially as it has the right climatic conditions and labour to do so,” he explained.
Currently, there is a debate about whether Ghana should adopt GMOs into crops. While scientists and agriculturists are pushing for the biotechnology in Ghana to improve plants’ drought resistance and yield, others are pushing for more organic methods of growing crops in the country. The Ghana Export Promotion Authority has warned of detrimental consequences on Ghana’s non-traditional exports, should the country adopt GMOs into crops grown locally.
The trade between Ghana and the EU excessed US$3bn (about €2.2bn) as of last year, with Ghana’s exports, including organic bananas, pineapples and other tropical fruits grown organically, as well as the traditional cocoa beans. Agrofood experts believe 2014 looks promising for Ghanaian farmers who are taking steps to become organic growers. The full article is available here: Ghana Broadcasting Company
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