ERJ staff report (BC)
Ghanaian rubber production grew from 6 242 tonnes in 2011 to 7 602 tonnes in 2012, an increase of 21.1 percent, according to the Ghana News Agency.
Kwame Awuah-Asante, national chairman of the Ghanaian Rubber Outgrowers and Agents Association (GROAA), announced the statistic to the association’s annual general meeting on 6 April.
He added that, in collaboration with Ghana Rubber Estate Limited (GREL), GROAA had negotiated a loan of €18m from Alliance Française de Developpement (AFD) of France for the latest phase of the Rubber Outgrowers Plantation Project.
A total of 12 000 hectares of rubber will be planted by 4 000 farmers from 2013 to 2015.
The Government of Ghana has so far invested more than GH¢62m (€24.7m) in the rubber industry under the project, Richard Twumasi-Ankrah, deputy minister of agriculture, told the meeting.
Over GH¢1.7m (€676k) had been invested in infrastructure and capacity-building services, GH¢40m (€15.9m) on plantation development, and GH¢20m on technical assistance to farmers.
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