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CPP to make almond cultivation pivot of Ghana's economy

Ivor Greenstreet made this known when he took his turn at the Institute of Economic Affairs’ (IEA) Evening Encounters series on Tuesday.

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The presidential nominee for the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet has revealed a CPP government's intension to make the commercial cultivation of the African tropical almond tree the pivot of the Ghanaian economys.

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Greenstreet made this known when he took his turn at the Institute of Economic Affairs’ (IEA) Evening Encounters series on Tuesday.

He was optimistic the cultivation of the tropical almond trees would generate as much as US$ 300 billion in revenue.

He explained that it would be relatively easy to cultivate the tropical almond tree as it has a short growing period, good yield, minimal rainfall requirements and cost efficient harvesting and processing.

On implementation he said he will "mobilize two million youth to plant 32 trees per person in an eight-hour work day at 175 trees per hectare, meaning that a total area equivalent to 7,314,285.7 hectares, will be planted giving us almost 26 million tons for the whole area.”

He further indicated that the CPP will not go begging for money to undertake this project. “Why be shameful and disgraceful like the NDC, chasing the Chinese around in circles for US$ 3 billion when God has given is us fertile lands that with a little effort, we could aim to generate US$ 300 billion? Cut that target in half, even more than half and earning a US$100 billion alone will clear the country’s debts.”

He said the financing of this programme “will be made available from different local and international sources and it will be an incentive-based scheme based on out grower system.”

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