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Shortage of vegetables and fruits in the UK is an advantage to Ghanaian farmers

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Shortage of vegetables and fruits in the UK is an advantage to Ghanaian farmers – Anthony Morrison.

On February 25, 2023, Guardian reported that certain commodities key including which is included tomatoes are hard to come by in UK supermarkets due to poor weather reducing the harvest in Europe and North Africa.

This is followed by the consequences of the Brexit rules and lower supplies from the UK and Dutch producers.

In this regard, the Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana (CAG) has said it is currently engaging the Trade Department of the UK High Commission to institute a guaranteed market trade route system for local tomato producers to supply supermarkets in the United Kingdom.

CAG’s CEO, Anthony Selorm Morrison, told B&FT that the partnership has become critical as the UK in the last few days has reported a shortage of tomatoes and other fruit and vegetables.

But Mr. Morrison said Ghana stands a chance to benefit greatly from the deficit, as the Chamber is finalising discussions with the High Commission to export large quantities of quality tomatoes to the UK market.

The Chamber has identified key areas of cultivation in Dahwenya, Weija, Somanya, Akuse, Ada, Prampram, Sogakope, Kpetoe, and the Winneba enclaves, and said this opportunity has the potential of creating thousands of jobs for young people.

“Transportation for tomatoes is key, that’s why these areas are prime locations and considered due to their proximity to the capital,” the CEO said.

He emphasised that local producers have what it takes, including the competitive and comparative advantage to produce for export, adding: “Issues of certification and quality are not of concern, but rather a guaranteed market”.

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The tomato guaranteed market trade system, when finalised according to Mr. Morrison, will enable the export of at least £ 10 million of locally-produced tomatoes to the UK market per annum for a start.

The idea, the Chamber noted, is that vegetable production is a demand-driven industry with supplies made based on demand.

The UK imports an estimated £ 1.5 billion of fruit and vegetables annually. Tomato imports alone stand at over £ 200 million pounds a year.

So far, Kenya and Uganda have already approached the UK in their respective countries to take advantage of the situation.

 

Source: Agrictoday.com

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