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Ghanaian govt takes steps to boost cotton output

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Jun '12

 

The Government of Ghana will implement measures to increase cotton production in the country, Minister for Environment, Sciece and Technology, Madam Sherry Ayittey, has said.
 
The Minister was speaking at a stakeholders’ forum held to discuss ways and means to enhance the competitiveness of Ghanaian cotton sector.
 
She revealed that the Government is working on a technical assistance programme in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the World Bank, and the International Fund for Agriculture (IFA) to improve the production of cotton in the country.
 
The UNIDO Technical Assistance Programme will emphasize on production of cotton that meets international quality standards, and will facilitate adoption of new Bt cotton varieties that are resistant to insect and pest attacks, she said.
 
The programme would also include revival of the cotton classing and grading facilities.
 
The Minister informed that Ghana’s current annual cotton production of 20,000 tons is very less compared to China’s annual production of 20 million tons. She said that other countries in the region such as Benin, Burkina Faso and Nigeria are also producing more cotton than Ghana.
 
She said the Government of Ghana is steadfast in its commitment to introduce biotechnology so as to boost cotton production in the country, and cut down on production costs by eliminating the need for the use of pesticides and weed management.
 

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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