Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday April 29, 2022 cut the grass on an 826 acre rubber plantation in Assin Nsuta in the central region.
The rubber plantation, an initiative of the Anglican Diocese of Accra (ADOA) and supported by ADB Bank, is expected to create jobs for young people within the community.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Vice President Bawumia congratulated the Anglican Diocese of Accra for this initiative and also highlighted the immense benefits it will bring to the local community and the nation as a whole.
“At this time when we all seek and ask for what they can benefit from the government instead of what they can bring, it fills me with joy and joy to see the Anglican Church in Ghana, especially the Diocese of Accra becoming Indeed, it is on this that biblical or Christian doctrine and principles are based – that is,
working with the state to help citizens, especially the poor and willing members of society to meet daily challenges,” Dr Bawumia said of the Anglican Church.
“I am told that a rubber plantation of this magnitude – covering 826 acres of precious land is the largest private rubber plantation in the country.
“This will positively contribute to climate change and provide jobs for many people, especially the many unemployed young people in the community and beyond.
“It is even useless to insist on the importance of natural rubber whose immense benefits are well known. Natural rubber is harvested in the form of latex which is used in the manufacture of tires, mattresses, shoe soles, hot water bottles, balls, rubber boots. and sealing rings and many more,” Dr. Bawumia noted.
He said that producing these from raw materials obtainable right here in the country opens up a wide range of opportunities including export for the country.
The Vice President expressed his gratitude to the chiefs and people of Assin Nsuta for ceding a large tract of land for this project.
“They indeed deserve our high congratulations.”
Dr. Bawumia also reiterated the government’s commitment to prioritize the agricultural sector, which he stressed plays an important role in the country’s GDP.
“The agricultural sector, as we all know, accounts for one-fifth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It employs almost half of the country’s workforce and is the main source of income for the majority of poorest households in the country. Hence the need to focus on policies such as Planting for Food and Jobs to boost our agricultural sector.”
“Planting for Food and Jobs, as we may know, has five modules of which this rubber plantation aligns with four of its key precepts, namely: the production of food crops and the creation of jobs (PFJ): where people work, their status is lifted and their personal economic lives are improved and enriched Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD), a double-edged sword bringing income to the country and developing Assin Nsuta beyond what it is now. Greenhouse Technology Villages: Research on Methodologies and Safe Measures to Grow Our Food and Live Healthy.”
The Lord Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Accra, Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel Sylvanus Mensah Torto, said the project is part of the Anglican Church’s contribution to the development of the country.