Gov’t to rake in $12b from Planting for Export and Rural Dev’t

Ghana is set to make billions of dollars from other tree crops aside cocoa following the successful implementation of the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD), the Agric Minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has said.

The Agric Ministry in collaboration with the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry has launched an ambitious programme to diversify the country’s agricultural export capacity to include other tree crops with equal economic values as cocoa.

PERD, six major tree crops namely Coconut,  Rubber, Cashew,  Oil Palm, Coffee and Shea, the PERD is set to generate over Twelve Billion Dollars in export.

According to the Minister, the six tree crops have the potential to outstrip cocoa and diversify the country’s economy from the over-reliance on only one crop as the major export commodity.