Wednesday, 06 June 2012

UNIDO to host workshop on improving the competitiveness of the cotton sector in Ghana

ACCRA, 6 June 2012 – A workshop to raise awareness of the options to increase the productivity of cotton, the country's "white gold", including the possible introduction of biotechnology-derived, insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant cotton, will be held in Accra from 11 to 12 June.

The workshop will help the Government of Ghana's cotton sector revival strategy which aims to improve the quality and quantity of cotton produced in the country.

The event will bring together officials from the Ministries of Trade and Industry, Food and Agriculture, and Environment, Science and Technology; cotton farmers from Ghana, Burkina Faso, India and South Africa; researchers; and representatives of local and international cottonseed companies, textile companies, financial institutions and Ghana’s Export Promotion Authority and Standards Authority.

Considering world trends in cotton production and Ghana’s contribution to cotton exports from West Africa, participants will discuss strategies to increase productivity and reduce production costs through the introduction of insect-resistant and/or herbicide-tolerant cotton; to introduce organic cotton production for niche markets and premium value; to further enhance quality through instrumental classification of cotton according to international standards; and to increase the income of  cotton farmers and cooperatives through the processing and marketing of cottonseed by-products.

Journalists are invited to the opening session at 9am, on Monday, 11 June, at the Alisa Hotel, North Ridge, Accra.

For further information please contact:

Yvonne Lokko

Mobile (Accra) :+233 26001 3737


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