Involve us in decision-making — Soya Value Chain Association of Ghana tells Gov’t

The leadership of the Soya Value Chain Association of Ghana (SVCAG), has expressed disappointment at what they describe as the government’s inability to consult them before announcing a ban on soya bean export.

This comes after the government of Ghana announced a temporary ban on the export of soya beans from the country.

Speaking during a media engagement programme held in Accra on December 5, 2022, the 3rd Vice Chairman of SVCAG, Daniel Ahenkorah, said recent efforts by the government to regulate the export of soya would yield better results if major actors are engaged through its value chain before decisions are made.

He enumerated their request to the government in a seven-point statement addressed to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

SVCAG wants government to: “increase effort to develop a national strategy to make soya beans a cash crop, replicate and expandSAPIP project to increase soya bean production in Ghana and Revise the leadership of public institutions like Ghana Commodities Exchange, Buffer Stock Company and the incoming Commodities Export Control Authority to give value chain actors control to lead these committees for effective operations on the ground.”

The Soya Value Chain Association of Ghana was established more than a decade ago with an aim of producing and making available high quality certified soya seeds for farmers in Ghana and to quadruple soya beans production figures each year.