The African Cashew Alliance (ACA) with support from the Business Advocacy Challenge Funds (BUSAC) has on Monday held a cashew sector sensitization workshop in Sunyani.
The workshop which was aimed at sensitizing private sector stakeholders on the recent activities of the government in setting up a Tree Crop development Authority and related bill saw the coming together of both palyers from private and public sector in the cashew chain business.
The programme which was on theme “Advocacy for Competitiveness in Ghana’s Cashew Industry” forms part of the series of activities been done by ACA together with BUSAC funds.
This will help ensure the sustainalibity of jobs created positive socio-economic impacts and increased exchange inflows through value added cashew products for export made in Ghana.
Chairman for the Cashew Buyers and Exporters Association, Alex Owusu Adjei in an interview with the media on a sideline of the workshop noted that through the introduction of effective policies and structures, citing examples as the Cashew Marketing Board accompanied by credible private sector association, Ghana’s neighbors have experienced significant growth in both cashew production and processing hence calling on government to adopt same.
Business Advisory and Food safety manager, Dorcas Amo delivering an address at the workshop noted that Ghana in 2014 had the highest installed processing capacity to annually process 65,000MT of Raw Cashew Nut (RCN) which created over 16,000 full time jobs in various factories.
14 factories according to Mrs. Amo were created in 2014 but was quick to add that only 2 out of the factories were functional.
The BUSAC Food and Safety Manager is of the view that, it is for this reason that ACA worked to setup the Association of Cashew Processors of Ghana which solicited for support from USIBRAS.