Shea stakeholders crave for policies to induce development
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Mr. Joseph Sampana an official of the Export Development and Investment Fund (EDIF) has appealed to people operating in the shea nut sector to utilize opportunities under the EDIF to access credits and grants.
He said this would help them to open up the sector and also give the leverage for the development of Shea nut business in Ghana. Mr. Sampana made the appeal in a Shea Multi-stakeholders Forum held in Bolgatanga.
The programme was on the theme “Sustaining the Shea nut industry-the need for a clear policy”.
The programme then triggered the formation of a new group code-named the Shea Network Ghana.
The major objective of this group is to mobilize Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) and farmer groups to advocate for greater investment in shea pickers and producers.
The stakeholders expressed the concern that Shea nut production was a viable sector which the government could harness to address poverty in the north.
They therefore implored government to implement policies that would seek to redevelop the sector and make it one of the powerful areas in agriculture, which would complement Cocoa and othe cash crops.
They also asked the District Assemblies to also incorporate Shea production in their Medium Term Development Programme, as a way to improve the sector.