Imported onions from Niger cost Ghana $5m dollars annually

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Ghana Agriculture Producers and Traders Organisation has disclosed that imported onions from Niger cost Ghana five million dollars annually when the nation can equally produce the product.

On how the nation can reverse the trend, the President of the Agricultural Chamber of Commerce, Philip Abayori said the solution lies in technology to pump water to irrigate the onion farms.

He agreed that the One-Dam-One-Village policy will go a long way to address the challenge and create jobs for the youth.

Meanwhile, the Director in- Charge of Crops at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture Asante Krobea says onion is one important crop Government attaches value to, which will be promoted massively next year under the Planting for Food and Jobs program.

He told GBC’s George Ankrah, that, the Ministry is aware of the huge losses from the importation of the product from Niger.

However, the One-Dam-One-Village policy will provide irrigation to promote the cultivation of the crop in the country.

Mr. Krobea also touched on the spread and devastation of the Fall Army Worm and said compensation can only be considered by policy.

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Source: GBCghana

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