General News of 2014-07-31

EU bans vegetables from Ghana

The European Union (EU) has put a temporary ban on exports of vegetables from Ghana to their region.

The ban was put in place after EU authorities identified some vegetables from Ghana that did not meet their quality standards.

This is not the first time Ghanaian farmers and exporters have had to face this setback having failed to meet certain benchmarks.

Some months ago, mangoes from Ghana were banned because of fly infestation.

Ghana faced another sanction last year, when the EU noted that fish supposedly from Ghana did not really come from Ghanaian territorial waters.

Reacting to the latest news, Agric Minister, Fiifi Kwetey said the Ministry is putting measures in place to address the issues.

“As a country, we will from time to time have some of these concerns. I don’t think it is the first time we have had those concerns. We are clearly going to take them on board in order to ensure that if we are going to have sustainable exports, we cannot afford to compromise on quality,” he assured.

According to him, “some of the quality we are talking about is not something at the Ministerial level. It has to do with production; that is taking place down in the farms. We will give support to them in terms of equipment to ensure that those minimum standards are kept.”

Source: citifmonline.com
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