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August 02, 2011

Burkina Faso, Ghana to cooperate on tomato marketing

The Upper East Region of Ghana and the Central Province of the Republic of Burkina Faso have agreed to enter into a tomato joint venture enterprise. The aim of the joint venture between the two countries is to help find a lasting solution to the problems confronting tomato farmers in both countries, especially in the area of marketing.

Ghanaian regional minister Mr. Woyongo said tomato was a major crop cultivated by a large number of farmers in both Burkina Faso and Ghana, and noted that Ghana imported a lot of tomato from Burkina Faso.
He said statistics from the Customs department indicated that during the 2008 to 2009 crop season, Ghana imported 6,562.43 metric tones of tomato from Burkina Faso.

He said the Northern Star Tomato Factory in the Upper East Region was now operating at full capacity, but was facing the problem of inadequate supply of raw materials. He expressed the hope that with the joint venture, the factory would be able to get adequate materials to operate and that would help solve the problem of marketing of tomato in the two countries.

He said plans were also far advanced by some Italian business groups with the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council to establish another tomato factory in Navrongo in the Upper East Region, which would purchase the produce from farmers of both countries.

Ghana Ministry of Agriculture

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