Yaw Afrifa

The Soya Value Chain Association of Ghana (SVCAG) convened a stakeholder consultation conference in the soya value chain as part of efforts to enhance production in the Soya industry.

At a one-day stakeholder meeting held in Tamale with support from USAID, Yara Ghana, GIZ Ghana, and the Agribusiness Office, stakeholders from the Soya Value Chain from the five northern regions of Ghana attended.

Soybean farmers, aggregators, and other actors in the soya value chain spoke with SVCAG leadership, seeking explanations for attempts to provide long-term solutions to their difficulties and concerns within the value chain.

The Executive Secretary of Soya Value Chain Association of Ghana, Yaw Afrifa, who spoke to radiotamaleonline.com after the meeting said, some smallholder farmers have had challenges in accessing quality soya seed due to financial challenges and for that matter Soya Value Chain Association of Ghana support from its certified seed growers and input dealers, smallholder farmers are guaranteed of reliable and sustainable supply of seed and fertilizers.

According to him, the association works with frontline farmers and input dealers to provide some credit facilities to smallholders to enable them to cultivate larger acreages.

He emphasized that despite the massive gains over the years, the operations of the Soya Value Chain in Ghana have come under threats from invasion by foreigners who are flooding the market.

The Soya Value Chain Association of Ghana, formed in 2018 is made up of researchers, seed producers, farmers and aggregators, soya oil and cake processors among others with the overall aim of deliberate advocacy, trade facilitation, and business linkages and building the capacity of actors within the soya beans value chain.

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