The Association of Cashew Processors Ghana (ACPG) has set a five-year strategic plan to revamp small and medium-sized cashew processing businesses in Ghana to tap into the socio-economic potential of the crop
President of the ACPG, Mr Ed-Malvin Nii Smith disclosed this when USIBRAS Ghana Limited
The equipment, each worth $7,000, is to be distributed to six out of the 12 local cashew factories that are currently not functioning due to lack of equipment. The equipment has the capacity to processed 200kilos of nuts per hour compared to the manual processing methods used by the local cashew processors.
The handing over of the equipment by USIBRAS Ghana Limited follows a series of trainings and technical support facilitated by the African Cashew Alliance, the GIZ Competitive Cashew Initiative with financial support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic
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State of the industry
Cashew Production is Ghana is increasing. More than 75,000 farmers cultivate the crop in eight out of ten regions. However, value addition remains insufficient. With an installed processing capacity of 65,000 Metric Tonnes, Ghanaian processors could process almost the total production volume of the country but in reality, less than ten
As part of the measures to revamp and transform the cashew processing industry, USIBRAS Ghana Limited donated the equipment to the ACPG.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the president of the ACPG, Nii Smith called on
“We are well informed that government is setting up the Tree and Industrial Crop Authority aimed at establishing the necessary framework for the management of the Cashew industry but we will take this opportunity to urge
He said Ghana is the only country in the cashew producing countries in Africa yet to set up an Authority to see the proper management of the cashew industry.
Nii Smith also urged stakeholders and government to emulate USIBRAS’ support to the ailing cashew industry.
“As we ask for support from all these stakeholders, I will equally urge all the beneficiaries of these machines to support each other strongly by sharing lessons learnt in order to increase processing efficiencies so as to reduce their processing cost and become competitive on the kernel market”
The Director of USIBRAS Ghana Limited Patricio Lima
The Managing Director for African Cashew Alliance, Ernest Mintah urged the beneficiaries to maximise the opportunity offered them to revive their factories, and follow a strict maintenance plan in order to become profitable.
The Head of Cooperation at the German Embassy, Ms Verena Wiesner said the handing over o of the of the equipment by USIBRAS to the ACPG comes at
She noted that cashew was an essential commodity for the development of the Ghanaian economy and recent announcements and commitment shown by the government of Ghana towards its development attests to this. This commitment, she said is shared by the German government.