China issues ban on fruit and vegetables imports from Ghana
The ban which took effect from the beginning of this year would further plunge the industry into crisis.
Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Carlos Ahenkorah, in an interview with JoyNews said the ban was necessitated by the failure of Ghanaian producers to adhere to strict phytosanitary requirements.
The fruits and vegetables had unacceptable levels traces of some undesirable chemicals.
China’s decision would undoubtedly hamper the efforts of of Ghanaian fruit importers to overturn another ban imposed by the some Western countries a year ago.
Ghana was among some 27 African countries which had their fruits banned by the United States and the European Union due to the presence of fruit flies and other plant pests in exported products. ■