Agriculture Economy of Ghana


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  • Agriculture contributes 20% of Ghana’s GDP – and is the largest employing sector. Ghana has 5 agro-economic regions allowing dynamic agriculture.
  • 65% of Ghana's land devoted to agriculture and 30% production exported (including oil) with less than 2% area being irigated.
  • Cocoa is the main cash crop (Ghana is the second largest producer in the world after Ivory Coast) followed by palm oil and fruits. Marginal ones are coconut, rubber, cashew, cotton, coffee and horticulture.
  • In terms of cultivation, maize tops the list followed by rice, Cassava, Millet, Seed Cotton, Oil Palm, fruits etc.
  • Palm oil production has been steadily increasing, growth partly supported by the French agency for Development (FAD). With 520 million tonnes produced in 2014, Ghana is the world's 8th largest producer.
  • Orange, lemon, lime, grape, ginger, mangoes, banana, avocados, guava, and pineapples are cultivated on a large scale. Current production estimated at over 1lac metric tonnes annually.
  • Cashew cultivation is largely a small holder activity, More than 60,000 small holder farmers engaged in cultivation

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