Tree Crops Authority to leverage synergies to develop the cashew sub-sector
The Tree Crops Development Authority (TCDA) plans to partner with African cashew producing countries like Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso to help develop the potential of the local cashew sub-sector, a revealed Vice Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) Yaw Frimpong Addo. .
The TCDA is a legal entity that was created to regulate and develop the production, processing and trade of six tree crops, including cashew nuts, in a sustainable environment in order, among other things, to diversify the export products of the country.
“TCDA looks forward to partnering with neighboring countries like Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, among others under the CICC to ensure that the cashew sub-sector in Ghana and Africa in its together, is well structured, ”he said.
The Authority, he noted, has started operations and has so far distributed millions of cashew seedlings to farmers for farm expansion, indicating that the move will help increase production to around 300,000 metric tonnes of raw cashew nuts (RCN) by 2030 for processing and export trade.
The Deputy Minister reiterated the government’s commitment to ensure a sustainable cashew industry to support the economy, stating: “It is for these reasons that we are working with various national and international organizations, governments and non-governmental agencies. government, private and public sectors, to ensure we build on the best examples across the world.
Mr Addo made the statement in a speech read for him by Crop Services-MoFA Director Seth Osie Akoto at the opening session of the 15th Annual Cashew Conference held in Accra. The conference which is organized by the African Cashew Alliance (ACA) is under the theme “A sustainable cashew supply chain for the future”.
In a keynote address, USDA Deputy Global Programs Administrator Mark Slupek said that a future sustainable cashew supply chain in Africa where the industry will be digitized with farmers harnessing the technology to increase yields and efficiency is a main objective of the department.
He said: “Through data management and traceability, digitization of financial information, delivery of enhanced extension services remotely, use of drone technology to map cashew trees, and more still, we are able to improve productivity and build a sustainable supply chain. The USDA wants to use 21st century technology to meet the demands of the 21st century.
The USDA, he added, is also working hand in hand with the African Union in all communities and economic sectors to harmonize regulatory standards and create greater fluidity in all sectors, including walnuts. cashew, noting that “with improved regulatory standards and fewer barriers to trade, African cashews can find sustainable demand and investment.
Commenting further on the investments, Slupek announced that USDA’s current Food for Progress cashew program has provided US $ 183 million to 8 West African countries: Benin, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Burkina Faso.
He explained that the projects reach approximately 150,000 direct beneficiaries and have helped generate $ 180 million in sales, both locally and internationally.
Sharing the experience of cashew processing in Vietnam, the world’s largest processor, the Vice President and Director of Trade Promotion of Vietnam Cashew Association (VINACAS) Mr. Tran Van Hiep said it is imperative that African countries adopt new technologies, focus on the treatment of exhaust gases, sewage and industrial waste to ensure respect for the environment, eliminate all discriminatory factors and pay attention to social equality issues .