We’ll help stop onion imports from Holland – Diplomat

By Lorlornyofm June 2, 2017 05:43

We’ll help stop onion imports from Holland – Diplomat

The Netherlands Embassy in Ghana has described as unacceptable Ghana’s importation of onions and other vegetables from Holland when they could be grown locally.

The embassy has therefore offered to provide support to producers of vegetables in Ghana to meet domestic consumption as well as increase exports to the world.

“It’s really sad to know that Ghana is still importing onions from the Netherlands; onions that can be grown here in Ghana; so we are willing to support you in the field of technology so you can grow and process everything here,” First Secretary of the Netherlands Embassy in Ghana, Thierry van Helden said.

This was at the official commissioning of an ultra modern factory for Eden Tree Limited, leading producer and distributor of high-end fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs in Ghana.

Mr Helden who represented the Ambassador, Ron Strikker pledged his country’s commitment to helping Ghana grow its vegetables and fruits industry into a competitive high-quality vegetable sector.

He appealed to government through the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Agriculture to put its policies and programmes into practice.

“At the end of the year we want to see that Ghana has climbed higher on the ease of doing business,” the Envoy said.

Ghana by the year 2020 should be a net exporter of vegetables and not an importer of Dutch vegetables, he added.

Sympathising with many other businesses in the country, the Dutch diplomat said since it’s not easy to succeed in a difficult operating environment as experienced in Ghana, “we must say we are very pleased with this new government over its new business-friendly policies.”

Government’s policy of saying we want to make it easier for companies to do business in Ghana for local companies and also for international companies gives us a lot of confidence, he said.

On the celebration of 20 years of its operation, the Dutch Envoy commended management of Eden Tree for the persistence and fortitude amidst the numerous challenges along the supply chain.

“We are happy and proud to be part of the success story of Eden Tree which has been the result of the production of high-quality vegetables the training of farmers, good agricultural practices,”

Chief Executive Officer of the company, Ms Catherine Krobo Edusei Benson was full of praise for her staff whom she described as loyal and dedicated to duty.

She rewarded staff who started with her from the scratch and had chalked at least 10 years in service.

Source: thefinderonline.com

By Lorlornyofm June 2, 2017 05:43
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