Ghana, Equatorial Guinea partner to develop agric in the Sub-region

September 13, 2017
Source: thebftonline l Ghana
Ghana, Equatorial Guinea partner to develop agric in the Sub-region

The Government of Ghana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Equatorial Guinean to help facilitate growth and development of agriculture in their respective countries.

The two countries agreed to exchange ideas and resources as well as build entrepreneurial skills in areas of agro processing and value addition 

The MoU follows a successful discussion between the two countries during the recent state visit by  President  Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, to the Central African country.

The cooperation will among other things focus on technical cooperation for the project of production and transformation of basic local tropical crops such as cocoa, coffee, cassava, pineapple, mango, plantain, cocoyam, and yam.

The agreement will also enhance cooperation in the supply of planting materials for vegetables and breeding stock for livestock whilst the two parties will also focus on assistance and exchange of technology at Research Centres, experimentation, and production in the agriculture, livestock, and agribusiness.

The Minister of Food and Agriculture of Ghana, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto signed on behalf of Ghana with Minister of Agriculture, Food and Livestock of Equatorial Guinea, Victor Grange Mehile, also signing on behalf of his country.

Dr. Afriyie Akoto noted that Ghana has had a cordial relationship with Equatorial Guinea dating back to the early 80s, especially in the area of cocoa production and emphasized that the collaboration needs to be strengthened for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

He said the two countries have a lot to learn from each other and indicated that the six-year renewable pact will afford both parties the opportunity to exchange ideas that will help develop agricultural sectors.

On his part, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Livestock of Equatorial Guinea, Victor Grange Mehile, said his country was very privileged to enter into the MoU with Ghana.

He added that they are looking forward to benefiting from the vast intellectual expertise of Ghana.

Agric Minister, Dr. Afriyie Akoto, with his Equatorial Guinean counterpart signing the MoU