#PulseElections Mahama promises 'green revolution' to double staple output

He made this known during the launch of the party's manifesto at the Sunyai Coronation Park in the Brong Ahafo Region Saturday.

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In a bid to boost food production in the country President John Mahama is promising to launch a 'green revolution' to double staple output in his second term.

President Mahama, the National Democratic Congress presidential nominee, said this will ensure food security as well as provide the base for the implementation of the party's agro-processing strategy.

He made this known during the launch of the party's manifesto at the Sunyai Coronation Park in the Brong Ahafo Region Saturday.

“The next NDC government would launch a green revolution aimed at doubling the output of our staple products particularly grains and tubers by the year 2021," he said.

"This would guarantee food security for a growing population as well as provide the raw material base for implementing our agro industrial strategy,” he added.

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The president also promised to make Ghana "a Net exporter of rice and maize as well as become self sufficient in poultry, sugar and tomato production.”

His opponents have skewered him for supervising the decline of the agric sector over the last four years. They have also criticised him for the consistent decline of cocoa output, which is one of the main raw materials the nation export for foreign exchange.

According to Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, vice presidential candidate of the NPP, the decline of agriculture in the country is due to decline in the budgetary allocation of the ministry.

“Agriculture growth declined from 7.4% in 2008 to 2.4% by 2015" adding that “Agricultural growth has been on the decline since 2013 under President Mahama,” he said at a lecture on the state of the Ghanaian economy.

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