The Trade Hub in collaboration with the Federation of the Association of Ghanaian Exporters (FAGE), German Cooperation (Deutsche Zusammenarbett) and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is pleased to announce that “Ghana Mango Week” with the theme “Mango, Ghana’s green gold: Growing for food and creating jobs” will be held from July 27-29 in Ghana’s Eastern mango growing region.
Data compiled in 2014 by Ghana Exim Bank and mango associations in southern Ghana, estimates mango production in Ghana to be around 90,300MT per annum, spread over 12,200 hectares. Côte d’Ivoire, the largest exporter of mangoes in West Africa and the world’s third largest exporter produces 150,000 MT per annum.
Although mango production in Ghana lags far behind that of Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali, its unique climate provides two seasons, a short one December to February – complementing the traditional April to July production period. This second harvest gives Ghana a unique competitive advantage to increase exports of quality fresh mangoes to the EU and other emerging markets during this period.
However, the mango industry in Ghana is faced with a number of challenges including: diseases and pests; producers’ lack of knowledge about market access, requirements, demand trends and international competition; and also poor post-harvest practices in the area of fruit handling and transportation, which lowers the quality of fruits produced and contributes to post harvest losses.
Speakers at Ghana’s Mango Week, including HPW’s Mr. Dan Domayire and GlobalG.A.P. consultant Mr. Victor Avah, will address these and other challenges. Topics they and other speakers will tackle include management and control of bacteria black spot disease; developing local good agricultural practices for mango production and exports; and developing new markets for mangoes.
The event will also feature field visits to two mango farms and one processing company as well as an exhibition with booths displaying products and services from Ghanaian firms. About 180 producers, exporters and processors from the mango industry are expected to participate in the event.
Producers, exporters, processors, dealers, financial institutions, government representatives, donors and service providers will work together during Ghana’s Mango Week 2017 to unlock Ghana’s mango potential and contribute to Ghana’s effort to enhance exports and accelerate economic growth in the domestic fruit processing industry. Together, they will find solutions to increase the volume of fresh and processed Ghanaian mango on the local, regional and global markets.
For more information about Ghana’s Mango Week, please contact Ms. Pamela Okyere, the Hub’s Mango Value Chain Specialist on