Government has henceforth banned the export of Solanum, Capsicum, luffa and all other leafy vegetables to the international marketplace successful June 1.
In a assertion by the Agric Ministry signed by the Director of the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate, Dr Felicia Ansah-Amprofi explained the indefinite ban why has turn out to be essential.
“The large level of community interceptions at the exit factors, alarming price of external notifications, and the new EU directives to all international locations to re-deliver dossiers to the EU on the administration of unsafe organisms on some of the above veggies,” she explained.
According to the statement, Ghana lately came out of a ban on vegetable exports imposed by the European Union, “and, as this sort of, we are nevertheless on the red list and getting monitored closely”.
The Ministry is anxious that although “We are only five months into the 2nd 12 months, the selection of notifications is rising, and if we are not very careful, the European Union will ban Ghana.”
Dr Ansah-Amprofi disclosed that in 2018, “internal interceptions by our officers amounted to 162 while exterior notifications had been 53 because of to hazardous organisms.”
“From the commencing of this 12 months to day (23/05/2019), inner interceptions by our officers has risen to 120 and 20 for external notifications”, the statement added.
The Foods and Agric Ministry suggests it is working with the suspension period of time to address all possible loopholes and worries ahead of the resumption of the export of leafy vegetable.