Investment Opportunities

Production

Investment opportunities exist in the following areas;

  • Production of improved seeds and agro-chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, weedicides)
  • Processing of some agricultural produce.
  • Production of all agricultural products such as cash crops, horticultural crops and livestock for the national, regional and European Union (E.U) markets.
  • Production of veterinary drugs, vaccines and chemicals, feed and feed ingredients for the livestock sector.
  • Fish farming
  • Production of wood and non-timber forest products (NTFP)
  • Establishment of pulp paper and panel industries
  • Establishment of wood plantations
  • Provision of tree seedlings for plantation species e.g. teak 

 

Technological and Supporting Services

 Investment opportunities exist in the following areas;

  • Provision of tractors with basic implements, planters and harvesters
  • Provision of field and laboratory equipment for quality assurance
  • Companies to produce and  install cold chain equipment
  • Supply of  machinery to establish hatcheries for day-old chicks
  • Processing machine manufacturers to supply agro-processing and packaging equipments/ plants
  • Suppliers and financiers of factory building technology
  • Manufacturers of fishing nets, ropes, netting materials, outboard motors and other fishing inputs to fishers.
  •  Development of aquaculture production facility (cage and earthen pond).
  • Producers of fish feed
  • Technological and consulting services
  • Research and  agriculture development services
  • Inspection and grading according to international standards to make the deliveries acceptable in international markets
  • Capacity building on standards, training and certification

 

 Marketing and Distribution

Investment opportunities exist in the following areas;

  • Companies to provide post-production services (transport, packaging, storage facilities and cold vans)
  • Companies to provide distribution of improved seeds, planting materials and agro-chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, weedicides).
  • Distribution of veterinary drugs, vaccines and chemicals, feed and feed ingredients.
  • Companies to market processed foods in international markets such as the EU, Asia and ECOWAS markets.

The Market

Ghana commands a great share of the African quota of EU market in fruits and vegetables export. Other leading processed agricultural export products were processed tuna, cut fresh pineapples, other prepared fish and tomato paste.

Cocoa has historically been a key economic sector and a major source of export and fiscal earnings. Ghana is the second largest cocoa-growing country in the world.

The leading non-traditional products were Fresh or chilled tunas, Shea nuts, Cashew, Fresh or chilled fish, yams, Banana and Pineapples.

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Investing in Ghana's Agricultural & Agro-Processing Industry

Agriculture production in Africa now accounts for nearly half of the continent’s economic activity. A new World Bank report “Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness,” indicates that Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods. These projections indicate that agriculture offers the greatest prospects for a three-fold increase in the GDP of Ghana.

Agriculture is an important contributor to Ghana’s export earnings, major source of inputs for the manufacturing sector, potential vehicle for creating employment and improving the GDP growth rate of the country from 4.8% to the desired 8%. Ghana cannot experience economic growth and structural trans-formation without the emergence of a productive agricultural sector.

Ghana’s potential with respect to commercial agriculture and agro-processing are largely untapped, and we can actualize this potential through good policies, sustained public-private investment and strong public-private partnerships backed by transparent procedures and processes along the entire value chain.

For instance, the successful implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme has increased food production, addressed the issue of food insecurity and Ghana currently exports excess maize, sorghum, cowpea, plantain and yam to Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire. The government is also in the process of implementing the Rearing for Food and Jobs programme to facilitate growth in the livestock industry and complement the PFJ programme.

The Government of Ghana is ready to partner investors who are willing to transform the agriculture sector. This will yield significant returns on any investment spent on developing it in the medium to long term. It is clear that Ghana’s aim to attract investors is to improve on the sustainability of the production of exportable horticultural crops and animal products, reduce the size of its food import bill, encourage domestic processing to mitigate post harvest losses and create more jobs.