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AFRICA : GHANA FRUIT PROCESSOR IMPORTS MANGO FROM BRAZIL AMONG OTHER COUNTRIES

Business News of Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Source: The Finder









Imports now hit mangoes, pineapples


Alistair Djimatey












The declining fortunes of agriculture, which does not seem to be attracting the attention of policymakers, have now compelled Blue Skies, the biggest fresh fruit processor in the country, to import pineapples and mangoes for processing.






The company also imports mangoes for eight out of the 12 months in a year from countries such as Brazil, Senegal, Burkina Faso, The Gambia and South Africa.







Blue Skies imports mangoes from Brazil for 11 continuous weeks, and the cost of chartering an aircraft to airlift 100 tonnes of mangoes a month is $250,000.







It means the company spends $2.750 million as the cost to charter aircraft for the 11 weeks; aside paying for the mangoes.




Not only has the situation resulted in the creation of jobs for the economy of countries where the imports are coming from, but also contributing to the free fall of the cedi as millions of dollars are spent on the i…