ANNOUNCEMENT 11 Apr 2022

In April 2022, the government of Ghana restricted the export of maize and soya beans by stopping the issuance of phytosanitary certificates for these commodities. 

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

Graphic Online. "Government restricts maize, soya beans exports: Policy to ensure food security". 11/04/2022. Available at: https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/govt-restricts-maize-soya-beans-exports-policy-to-ensure-food-security.html

Africa Agribusiness. "Government restricts export of soyabeans and maize to ensure food security". 12/04/2022. Available at: https://africabusinesscommunities.com/agribusiness/news/ghana-government-restricts-export-of-soyabeans-and-maize-to-ensure-food-security/

Trends Africa. "Ghana restricts export of maize and soya beans". 12/04/2022. Available at: https://trendsnafrica.com/ghana-restricts-export-of-maize-and-soya-beans/

Ministry of Food and Agriculture. "Imposition of a Temporary Ban on the Export of Grains (including maize, rice, and soya bean)". 16/05/2022. Available at: https://agrictoday.com.gh/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/BAN-ON-GRAIN-EXPORT.pdf

Inception date: 11 Apr 2022 | Removal date: 30 Sep 2022

Export ban

On 11 April 2022, the government of Ghana restricted the export of maize and soya beans. The measure was made effective through the suspension of phytosanitary certificates for both commodities. 

According to the media reports, the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) suspended the provision of phytosanitary certificates for the export of the two commodities pursuant to the directive from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The directive instructed the agency to restrict the exportation of maize and soya beans to guarantee their domestic availability.

The export restriction is introduced as part of the government's efforts to ensure food security, including by enhancing local livestock and poultry production. 

Update

On 16 May 2022, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture extended the ban until 30 September 2022, taking effect from 1 April 2022. 

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