• Short Summary

    GHANA'S DECISION TO GROWN MORE OF ITS TOBACCO REQUIREMENT HAS MEANT A CONSIDERABLE SAVING IN FOREIGN CURRENCY - MAINLY AMERICAN DOLLARS.

  • Description

    GHANA'S DECISION TO GROWN MORE OF ITS TOBACCO REQUIREMENT HAS MEANT A CONSIDERABLE SAVING IN FOREIGN CURRENCY - MAINLY AMERICAN DOLLARS.

    THE NATIONAL TOBACCO REHANDLING COMPANY AT TEMA STARTED COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION EARLY THIS YEAR AND PRODUCTION HAS BEEN SYSTEMATICALLY STEPPED UP UNTIL THE FACTORY IS NOW PRODUCING 50 CASES OF TOBACCO A DAY -- HALF THE REQUIREMENT OF GHANA'S CONSUMPTION.

    THE FACTORY PRODUCES BLACK-FAT TOBACCO - A TREATED TOBACCO WHICH HAS BEEN USED IN GHANA FOR DECADES AS A PIPE TOBACCO AND FOR CHEWING AND MAKING SNUFF. UNTIL THEY BEGAN PRODUCING IT THEMSELVES IT WAS IMPORTED MAINLY FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    PLANS TO ESTABLISH THE FACTORY WERE MADE IN 1963. THREE YEARS LATER IT WAS INCORPORATED, WITH THE GHANAIAN PUBLIC INVITED TO TAKE UP SOME OF THE SHARES.

    THE PRINCIPAL RAW MATERIAL USED IN THE FACTORY IS LEAF TOBACCO WHICH IS BEING PRODUCED IN GHANA. THE FACTORY HAS GIVEN NEW IMPETUS TO THE CULTIVATION OF FIRE-CURED TOBACCO AND MEANT INCREASED EARNINGS FOR GHANA'S TOBACCO FARMERS.

    THE FARMERS HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED IN PRODUCING MORE TOBACCO BY THE NATIONAL INVESTMENT BANK WHICH HAS EXPERTS READY TO OFFER ADVICE AND OFFICIALS READY TO OFFER FINANCIAL HELP.

    LOCAL PRODUCTION OF FIRE-CURED TOBACCO HAS INCREASED FROM 61,000 LBS IN 1964 TO 207,000 LBS IN 1967. AND THIS YEAR'S PRODUCTION IS ESTIMATED AT 355,000 LBS. BUT EVEN THEN GHANA WILL STILL HAVE TO IMPORT TO MAKE UP ITS CONSUMPTION.

    THE FACTORY EMPLOYS 68 PEOPLE. WHEN IT'S IN FULL PRODUCTION THE LABOUR FORCE WILL TOTAL 100.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6KEKE487XNOXIJ28NYVZ404W1
    Media URN:
    VLVA6KEKE487XNOXIJ28NYVZ404W1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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