Int'l coconut festival slated for Sept 24 in Ghana

An international event has been launched in Ghana to promote the utilisation of coconut as potential cash crop for the nation and the world. The organisers, Africa Coconut Group, say the coconut sector is an integral part of every economy around the world which must be given the necessary attention. Launched at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, the event is on the theme: ‘Promoting Export Diversification through a Robust Ghanaian Coconut Industry’. According to the group, statistics show that every part of the coconut is of value, ranging from its water to the husk, which can be moulded into various artifacts. The group thus wants to use the festival to provide a platform to harness the development and promotion of coconut and its exportation. Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Efua Asabea Asare, urged farmers and stakeholders to utilize the platform to link with potential partners and to aim for the international market. The Chairman of the African Coconut, Davies Narh Korboe, said coconut should be projected to create potential income opportunities for entrepreneurs. His words were already evident in the innovation by some Ghanaian brands at the launch who have refined coconuts into worthwhile products and put them on display. Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture George Oduro, in his submission, also outlined some policies his ministry is implementing to promote agriculture in the nation. “Over $200million worth of small farm implements are secured by government to provide the district mechanization sector,” he said. The festival is slated from September 24 to 26.

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By Gloria Apprey| |Ghana]]>