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To this end, the Minister has urged industry players to “create the platform for regular information sharing on the needs of the sector”.

 

Speaking after his tour of PINORA Company as part of his three day working visit to the Eastern Region, Dr. Spio- Garbrah said such platform would help agro-processing companies to source raw material from any part of the country as well as provide markets for farmers.

 

According to him, the current situation where processing companies have had to import most of their raw materials such as mangoes, pineapples and tomatoes due to their inability to source them locally is hugely affecting the manufacturing sector.

 

“The Ministries of Trade and Industry, Food and Agriculture and the district assemblies must collaborate to create such a platform to help investors identify the raw material needs of the processing industry so as to attract the needed investments in order to solve this protracted challenge of lack of raw material.”

 

Dr. Spio-Garbrah was commenting on concerns by two processing companies, Pinora and HPW, of the unavailability of local fruits for their production.

 

PINORA has plans to produce 51,000 metric tons of orange and pineapple juice concentrate for the export market this year while HPW exported 900,000 metric tons of dried tropical fruits from Ghana to Europe last year.