The 2022 edition of the International Coconut Festival is set to commence on September 20 in Accra following a successful launch at Ellembele in the Western Region.

This years’ festival which is spearheaded by the African Coconut Group and the Ghana Export Promotions Authority with partners such as the Ministry of Food and Agriculture among others is on the theme “Repositioning Ghana’s Coconut Sector for Accelerated Industrialization”

Speaking at the launch in Ellembelle in the Western Region on August 12, Agric Minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto in a speech read on his behalf by the Western Regional Agric Director, Mr. Patrick Akowuah, said the theme for the festival is in tandem with government’s planting for exports and rural development initiative and as such government is already taking steps to facilitate the planting of tree crops in the country.

“Government through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has already taken some giant steps in this direction through the implementation of its’ flagship programme planting for export and rural development. The tree crop module of planting for food and jobs. The Ministry had also established the Tree Crop Authority with it’s headquarters in Kumasi to over see the regulation and development of tree crops including Coconut,” Mr. Patrick Akowuah said.

Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah together with dignitaries at the launch of the International Coconut Festival in Ellembelle

Chief Executive Officer of GEPA, Dr. Asabea Asare in a recorded message said her outfit has rolled out deliberate policies aimed at making Ghana a leading global supplier of coconut and generate significant export revenue for the country.

“GEPA has made modest but quite significant investments in the sector since 2017 by procuring and distributing disease-tolerant coconut seedlings to coconut farmers across the major coconut farming Regions in the country. So far, we have distributed close to seven hundred thousand seedlings covering some eleven thousand two hundred acres. We are not relenting on our efforts until we get to the point where the industry is mature and can be on its own,” she said.

For his part, Mr. Kwaku Boateng of the African Coconut Group expressed appreciation to GEPA and other partners of the initiative for what he describes as their positive and unrelenting support for the Coconut value chain.

The festival is expected to bring together divergent and towering coconut industry players from across the globe and provide a platform to connect and serve the Ghanaian community and other international participants through the development and promotion of coconut.

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