US’s Minnesota Department of Agriculture promotes trade in its first trip to Africa

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Patrice Bailey, Assistant Commissioner | Minnesota Dehalfment of Agriculture

The United State’s Minnesota Dehalfment of Agriculture (MDA) took its first commerce mission to Ghana this month.

On July 5 to 9, Patrice Bailey, assistant agriculture commissioner, took half in a commerce mission and enterprise convention in Ghana.

The go to was organised by the Minnesota Africans United with assist from the MDA, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ghana and the U.S. Embassy.

“That is the primary time that MDA has been to Africa,” said Bailey. “And that is monumental Inside The fact that We now have about 5,000 Ghanaians that stay in Minnesota.”

The delegates included enterprise leaders from numerous sectors Similar to agrienterprise, healthcare and renewable power, who Bailey said have been in the nation to discover potential halfnerships to bolster commerce and funding between Minnesota and Ghana.

Bailey said the go to assisted energize relationships between Minnesota, Ghana and Cameroon. Whereas in Ghana, he was In a place To fulfill the newly put in U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Palmer On the U.S. Embassy.

He additionally met with members of the U.S. Industry Service and U.S. Dehalfment of Commerce who gave An abstract of whOn the commerce factors are in the nation.

Corporations Similar to 3M and Land O’Lakes have already invested in Ghana For numerous merchandise, however Bailey said the nation is Specializing in boosting its power sector by way of commerce.

Definitely one of many nation’s largest agricultural merchandise is cocoa.

“You are taking A look at 30 million people (in Ghana), and it’s Sort of A singular nation as a Outcome of Do You’d like to have been wanting on a map, it’s zero levels latitude And 0 levels longitude,” said Bailey.

“So that you’re Sort of proper In the midst of the world.”

The central location makes Ghana placeed to deal with any type of commerce, said Bailey. Nonetheless, the nation imports A lot extra items than it exports.

“That poses A drawback for any nation, When it Includes assets coming in, versus assets going out,” said Bailey.

Based mostly on the Meals and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 57% of the nation’s complete land space Is assessed as “agricultural”, and 60% of all farms in the nation are Decrease than 1.2 hectares – which Is analogous as about three acres.

The two Ghanaian farmers that Bailey met have been focused on aquaculture. What he found most fascinating Regarding the farming in Ghana was that A lot of the land entry was decided by what household had been there the longest.

“Rather than land it’s principally lineage,” he said. “If I needed to go to somebody’s land to do some agricultural work, The very Very first factor They might ask is, ‘what’s your final identify’.”

At the enterprise convention, Bailey shared information on Minnesota agriculture As properly as to the dehalfment’s Rising Farmers program.

“I really feel it was very properly acquired,” Bailey said. “Not solely With The power To inform the story of Minnesota, for one, But in addition Minnesota agriculture, and what Minnesota has To current.”

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