MoFA seeks legal backing to restrict soybean export

by Business Zone

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) is seeking legal backing to stop the export of soya beans from Ghana.

The ministry is currently liaising with the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General’s Office, as well as the Ministry of Trade and Industry for the Legislative Instrument (LI) to that effect.

Ghana’s market share in global soybean export is ranked at 46th position, with the country’s annual export of soyabean totaling US$2.58 million in 2018 and Turkey as top export destination every year.

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, disclosed the impending export restrictions, when he recently met with poultry farmers in the Bono Region at Dormaa Ahenkro.

The minister, who is on a tour of the region, observed that sustained production of soya beans was crucial to revamp the poultry industry in the country.

He said with the LI, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture hoped to get the Ministry of Trade and Industry to ensure that anyone who wished to export soya beans must first get a clearance from the Minister of Food and Agriculture.

It was not for nothing that soya bean was included in the crops under the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), Dr Akoto said, explaining that the beans were meant to ensure uninterrupted poultry feed supply in the country.

He reminded the poultry farmers of their strategic role in the Rearing for Food and Jobs, indicating that the US$350 million spent annually importing poultry was “totally unnecessary and unwarranted”.

The government, the minister said, is willing to return the country back to its glorious days, when Ghana used to be an exporter of poultry products.

The Municipal Chief Executive of Dormaa, Mr Drissa Oauttara, appealed to the ministry to complete an abandoned veterinary laboratory project in the municipality, which was begun over 12 years ago.

He said since the municipality was one of the major producers of poultry in the country, there was the need for a veterinary laboratory in the area to attend to sick birds.

Source: BusinessZone Online

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