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Because of Akufo-Addo, Ghana now has Ekumfi pineapple juice factory

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Because of Akufo-Addo, Ghana now has Ekumfi pineapple juice factory

Ekumfi pineapple juice factory: Nana Addo led party, NPP, prior to the 2016 elections made a promise to revitalize the country’s industrial status by spreading medium to large agro-based factories in any district that has the necessary raw material supply base through a partnership with the private sector.

The party in its 2016 manifesto on page 31 promised to “collaborate with the private sector, to implement the “One District, One Factory” Initiative. This District Industrialization Programme will ensure an even, spatial spread of industries”.

The One District One Factory initiative has been one of the most discussed promised policy of the NPP government in the media among political divides.

The party in assuming power in January 2017 created a special office dedicated to the take-off of this buoyant initiative in the country. Currently, several of these factories have been completed with some still at the various stages of completion.

According to the trade minister in a press encounter, he expressed that the project ever since it was launched has received numerous proposals from the various private entrepreneurs and the government has approved most of them with several others still being vetted.

This brilliant initiative has given birth to the famous Ekumfi Pineapple Juice Factory, which is currently processing pineapple juice for the local and the global markets.

The USD8 million project which officially commenced in March 2018 and currently with over 400 workers including out-growers is located at Ekumfi in the Central region of Ghana.

According to Alliance for Development and Industrialisation (ADI), the factory could process about 300 million packs of juice annually for the local and export markets and would generate close to GHC530 million in revenue.

Their checks also revealed that checks revealed that the factory would create 5,000 direct out-grower jobs within the community and its environs.

Ekumfi Pineapple Juice packs

We all as citizens should come together and protect this and all others so our unborn children will also come and enjoy it.


Source: Ghana Newspunch

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Huge Strawberry farm spotted at Jos in Nigeria

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Huge Strawberry farm spotted at Jos in Nigeria

Huge Strawberry farm spotted at Jos in Nigeria

One may wonder if strawberries can grow well in high-temperature regions like the Sub-Saharan regions. Though Strawberry per its agronomic classification can grow under both temperate and tropical conditions, it is also known that it thrives better under optimal temperate conditions.

A picture making rounds on Twitter shared by @NigeriaStories shows vast farmland of strawberries in Nigeria’s Jos.

Harvested Strawberry in Jos Nigeria | CREDIT: Twitter @NigeriaStories

This is good news for the West Africans. If governments are able to invest in greenhouse and biotechnologies, we will be able to grow virtually every type of temperate crop here so that the huge importation of foreign fruits and vegetables will be reduced or even stopped.

Strawberry Farm in Jos, Nigeria

Strawberry Farm in Jos, Nigeria | CREDIT: Twitter @NigeriaStories

Ghana has been investing in the development of Greenhouses for the production of certain tropical crops such as tomatoes, pepper, onion, and herbal spices.

In August 2020, the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo inaugurated 75 greenhouses as part of the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs Initiative in Ningo Prampram District in the Greater Accra Region, and Akumadan in the Ashanti Region. In his statement, the greenhouse farm is the biggest in West Africa and would produce 45,000 tonnes of vegetables, valued at GH¢11 million, annually.

Currently, produce from these facilities are being sold to Shoprite, the Farmers Market, Eden Tree, and many other grocery shops in the country.

The government of Ghana should look further into the growing of temperate fruits and vegetables such as Kiwi Fruit, Strawberry, Apricot, Broccoli, Apple, Asparagus, and many others which drain the country millions of US Dollars in importation.

 


Source: Accramail.com

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Uber removes cancellation fees it charges on cancelled trips

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Uber removes cancellation fees it charges on cancelled trips

Ridesharing giant Uber has announced the removal of cancellation fees it charges on trips that are cancelled by either drivers or riders.

In the circular sent to all stakeholders, the company explained that after careful study of the market, it has come to realise that removing the trip cancellation charges will ensure that the Uber platform remains the best option for all.

Now going forward if you are 5 minutes late, drivers may choose to cancel the request with no penalty.

The circular reads:

Cancellation fees on Uber have now been removed. This means that no charges will be applied on cancelled trips.

At Uber, we are always monitoring market dynamics and fare structures to ensure our app continues to be the best option for you.

Our data shows that cancellation fees often dissuade you from taking a trip; removing them will have a minimal impact on drivers’ overall earnings while encouraging you to take more trips.
Please note, if you are more than 5 minutes late drivers may choose to cancel trips at no penalty to them.

This new development will definitely be welcomed by the users of the Uber app.

 


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MTN increases its data and call tariffs

MTN Ghana says it is reviewing its call and data tariffs upwards beginning Saturday, May 1, 2021, to reflect the 1% increase

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MTN increases its data and call tariffs

MTN Ghana says it is reviewing its call and data tariffs upwards beginning Saturday, May 1, 2021, to reflect the 1% increase in the National Health Insurance Levy.

This is contained in a circular sent to clients dated April 30, 2021.

The government introduced the 1% levy as part of measures to plow back revenue losses as a result of COVID-19 reliefs, and for that matter advised the nation’s telcos to adjust their tariffs upward to reflect the new levy.

The MTN circular, signed by Senior Manager, Customer Relations and Credit Management, Salihu M. Abu read that “Scancom PLC (MTN Ghana) wishes to inform you that following the introduction of the COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy, which has resulted in a 1% increase in the National Health Insurance Levy, talk time and data charges have been adjusted to reflect the tax change.

“This takes effect from 1st May 2021,” it added.

mmtn letter on tariff increase

It is not yet clear if all the other telcos have also increased their tariffs from today.

So far apart from MTN, other telcos in the country have not yet said anything about government’s directive, but it is likely they will absorb it on behalf of customers.

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