Ghana launches mobile application to support fish farming

GHANA – Ghana has launched a mobile application that supports fish farming management and marketing, wrapping up a three-year study on aquaculture enhancement in the nation. The fish farm tracker App offers a computerized solution for business and economic management, general record keeping, data collection, administration of production, basic fish health and water quality monitoring, and management of fish farms.…

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FAO promotes implementation of biosafety, biosecurity in veterinary laboratories

GHANA – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has concluded a five-day workshop to accelerate the adoption of a regional approach in the implementation of biosafety and biosecurity measures in veterinary laboratories. Veterinary diagnostic and research laboratories play a vital role in public health, animal disease diagnosis, surveillance, food safety and animal welfare, FAO notes. Potential…

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BSI to help Ghana Standards Authority improve its technical capacity

GHANA – The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has partnered with the British Standards Institute (BSI) in order to ease the adoption of international standards and participation in the development of global standards. BSI is the national standards body of the United Kingdom. It produces technical standards on a wide range of products and services and also supplies certification and standards-related…

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UNIDO develops workshop to train laboratory analysts in Ghana

GHANA – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)  has developed a state-of-the-art virtual workshop to enhance the capacities of conformity assessment service providers in its member states to acquire ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. Developing countries are constantly striving to enhance their export competitiveness, strengthen their export base and become more integrated with international trade flows. As a joint effort between …

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FDA Ghana calls on water producers to ensure full line quality control measures

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has entreated producers of packaged drinking water to consider full line quality control measures in ensuring their products are free of microbial contaminants. This comes after recent reports that declared most potable water brands on the market contaminated with faecal coliform. The FDA said the risk of microbial contamination remains high in…

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Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana calls for clamp down on smuggled wheat flour

GHANA – The Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana has called on the government of Ghana and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to ban the influx of smuggled wheat flour from Ivory Coast to save the local flour milling companies. According to the Association, most of these imported wheat flours are either unwholesome or smuggled through unapproved routes into…

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Women fish processors in Ghana trained on value addition

GHANA – The Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) in Ghana’s Western Region is training women fish processors on catfish value addition so as to improve post-harvest handling and processing skills along the catfish value chain. The first batch of 15 participants were schooled on market strategies including smoking, selling, packaging in transparent boxes and…

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Ghana develops Code of Practice for Cashew Planting Material Production

GHANA – As part of its 10-year Cashew Development Plan, Ghana has developed a Code of Practice for Cashew Planting Material Production that will enable nurseries to produce quality seedlings. The Code of Practice (CoP) is the fruit of an alliance between the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), an international economic development organization that…

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Ghana’s FDA brushes up enforcement activities country-wide to safeguard public health

GHANA – Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has introduced an all-inclusive capacity strengthening programme, which is underway in Accra, and will also be held in Kumasi, to brush up its enforcement activities across the country. The programme forms part of efforts to safeguard public health and safety, amid global increased criminal activities. Intended to cover all staff of FDA…

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Ghana nods import of genetically engineered Bt cowpea

GHANA – Ghana’s National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has ticked the import and use of genetically engineered (GE) Bt cowpea event 709A culminating a process which begun in 2008. The Authority had in March sought public opinion to enable them make an informed decision in the approval process. The GM crop is expected to help farmers dramatically reduce their use of…

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