Ghana yam exports surge ahead
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CTA. 2000. Ghana yam exports surge ahead. Spore 87. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Ghana s efforts to increase yam exports are paying off. With yam one of its principal crops, Ghana is the world s second largest producer of the root, with 3.25 million tonnes grown in 1999. In 1998 it exported 7,500 tonnes of yam, mainly to the...
Ghana s efforts to increase yam exports are paying off. With yam one of its principal crops, Ghana is the world s second largest producer of the root, with 3.25 million tonnes grown in 1999. In 1998 it exported 7,500 tonnes of yam, mainly to the United Kingdom and the United States, for USD 5 million, accounting for 36% of world yam exports. Between 1997 and 1998, the area under cultivation grew by almost 13%. The Ghana Yam Producers and Exporters Association provides its members with technical support with emphasis being given to certain varieties (with tubers weighing between 2 and 3 kg, which is better for the export market), and to post-harvest handling, storage, packaging, quality control and shipping, with details strictly described on the wrappings. These steps have been taken to meet the requirements of the international markets, and thus to increase sales. They are steps worth taking, since the export yam earns six times more than the domestic market yam. Ghana s yam exports have now outpaced those of Jamaica, Brazil and Côte d Ivoire. Nigeria is the leading world producer with more than 25 million tonnes in 1999, but it consumes the entire crop on the domestic market. Ghana s neighbours - Togo, Benin and Nigeria - also sell their yams in dried baton shapes known as cossettes . These peeled yams are blanched and solar-dried and keep better than fresh yam. At present they are sold on national and regional markets, but they could spread to other markets in the Gulf of Guinea and Europe, where the diaspora has created a potential market. To know more: Ghana Yam Producers and Exporters Association PO Box 5233, Accra Ghana Fax: +233 21 66 82 63
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