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Mushroom producers from Ghana appeal for support

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Theophilus K. Quartey, the National President of the Mushroom Growers and Exporters Association of Ghana has appealed to stakeholders in agriculture to support farmers to expand the mushroom industry.

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Mr. Quartey said this would go a long way to create jobs and alleviate poverty in the country. He made the appeal at a five-day workshop for members of the association in Accra.

The workshop was also used to formally announce the existence of the association, for the necessary recognition by government and to build relationship with stakeholders. It was attended by value-chain actors in the industry like spawn producers, croppers, baggers and marketers.

Mr. Quartey said if the 500 members of the association were assisted, they could produce more mushroom and generate foreign exchange that could out-weight the turnover of that of cocoa and also create job opportunities for the unemployed graduates.

Ernest Agbenohevi, a Consultant of E.A. First Solution Consult, a facilitator of the workshop, said mushrooms produced by local farmers were free from chemicals and was medicinal. He said the product is as natural as the organic and a therapy for a number of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, among others, as well as for lactating mothers.

Mr. Agbenohevi said the industry needed serious financial support hence the workshop to involve all the players to find the way forward. He called for cooperation among the stakeholders to build partnerships and work consciously for mushroom production to thrive, saying; "There is no employment blue print for jobs creation than mushroom production."

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