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February 14, 2012

Ghana exported 62,000 tonnes of bananas to Europe in 2011

Ghana’s 62,000 tonnes of banana exports to the European Union in 2011 was a jump from the previous year’s 52,000 tonnes.

This represents a small slice of the global banana market, and is far less than the quantities exported by African banana export leaders Ivory Coast and Cameroon, according to Food and Agriculture Organization figures.

People in African and Caribbean in 2010 exported a total of 450,000 tonnes, representing 23 per cent of the market share with almost all of the African supply coming from only two sources: Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon ,and marginal quantities originating from Ghana.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) statistics, total export of bananas accounted for 15 million tonnes in 2010 valued at over US$7 billion. The European banana market is the largest in the world, with about 5.5 million tonnes imported per year.

Since 2006 when the European Union (EU) opened its market, there has been a rise in exports of between 2 and 5 percent annually.

Though there are approximately 300 species of bananas, only 20 varieties are commercially cultivated.

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