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Ghanaian tomato
Tomato
Panorama reporter Steve Bradshaw eats a Ghanaian tomato
In Ghana, there is a large tomato growing industry, but most of the canned tomato products come from Europe.

The market in the African country has been hit by competition from cheap subsidised tomatoes from Europe.

And while Ghana does export vegetable foodstuffs to European supermarkets, the EU has also been accused of using health requirements to keep these numbers down. A system known as non tariff barriers.

Despite growing tomatoes, Ghana imports 10,000 tonnes of processed tomatoes (tomato puree and canned tomatoes) from the EU each year.

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Ghana

There is no working processing plant in the country. The Government tried to set up a canning industry but it failed due to problems with the economy of the country.

And with no cannery business to sell tomatoes to, the sellers in Ghana have no bargaining power.

They have little chance of competing with the Tomato processors in southern Europe who get £250m of EU subsidy every year.

There are strict rules for importing food into the UK. For details please visit the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website.

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