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Dr. Kwabena Duffuor Promises Revival of Cocoa Industry and Jute Factory if Elected as NDC Flagbearer

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Ghana’s cocoa production has been a significant contributor to the country’s economy. However, there are concerns about the recent drop in cocoa production, particularly since it is considered the backbone of the economy.

According to the International Cocoa Organization’s recent report, Ghana’s cocoa production has dropped significantly, by 34%, due to multiple factors such as climate change and the devastating effect of swollen shoot disease.

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Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, an aspiring flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress, has expressed worry about the situation, stating that Ghana may not meet its cocoa production target for the 2022/2023 crop season.

Dr. Duffuor’s sources indicate that the country may not be able to get 500,000 metric tons of cocoa this year, which is below the projected 750,000 tons for the 2022/2023 season. He expressed his disappointment that the country has not been able to sustain the gains made in the past, particularly since the country was once the largest producer of cocoa in the world.

Dr. Duffuor promised that if his party comes into power, they will resume the distribution of 20 million free cocoa seedlings annually to cocoa farmers. This would help boost production and help Ghana regain its position as the largest cocoa producer in the world.

Dr. Duffuor also promised that his party would work to revive the abandoned $48 million Jute Factory at Adeiso in the Upper West Akyem Constituency. The factory, which was established in 2008 in partnership with the Indian group Ganges and the government, would be the largest jute factory in Africa, with a monthly capacity of 600,000 sacks.

This would have reduced Ghana’s $215 million annual spending on importing jute sacks to about $70 million and would have provided job opportunities for 2,000 people. Unfortunately, successive governments after President Kuffuor made efforts to complete the factory, but the current government has not paid attention to it, leaving it to rot in the bush.

For the most part, Dr. Duffuor’s campaign promises center on reviving Ghana’s cocoa industry and creating job opportunities for the people. He believes that the cocoa industry is essential to the country’s economy and cannot be allowed to collapse. Dr. Duffuor has promised to take steps to ensure that the cocoa industry thrives and that the country becomes the largest cocoa producer in the world once again.

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