ACCRA, (Xinhua) --
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday
launched a 10-year cashew development plan aimed at diversifying
the country’s agriculture.
The plan seeks to
improve research methods, introduce appropriate production and
processing technologies, as well as develop marketing strategies
along the value chain.
Speaking at the
event at Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo Region, Akufo-Addo bemoaned
the over-reliance of Ghanaian agriculture on the production and
export of cocoa, in contrast with the situation in neighboring
He noted that Cote
d’Ivoire had succeeded in diversifying its agriculture, which
included the production and export of other cash crops and, as a
result, earned the country some 12 billion U.S. dollars from the
export of agricultural produce in 2015.
“To that end, I
reiterated my commitment to assist in diversifying Ghanaian
agriculture, and transforming, amongst others, cashew into a
major cash crop and foreign exchange earner for Ghana.
“This, together with
the other programs for other selected export crops, would drive
industrialization in rural Ghana, diversify agricultural
exports, and provide the needed jobs for the teeming masses of
unemployed youth of this country,” said Akufo-Addo.
In 2016, Ghana
exported a total volume of 163,000 metric tons of raw cashew
nuts, generating a handsome foreign revenue receipt of 244
million U.S. dollars.