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Ghana Government called upon to fight drug trafficking

The Ghana Media Advocacy Programme (G-MAP), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, take steps to fight narcotic drug trafficking in the country. The NGO noted that the most valuable asset of every society was its citizens, and cautioned that drug trafficking …

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Oil rises as Opec output reduced

Oil prices have risen as hopes that the oil cartel Opec is complying with its production cuts outweigh new gloomy economic news. US light crude added $2.80 to $46.47 a barrel. London Brent rose $2.98 to $48.37 a barrel. Oil consultant Petrologistics estimated Opec production would fall by 1.55m barrels …

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Forum on mango seedling production held

The Tease branch of the Dangme West Mango Nursery Producers Association (D. W. MANUPRA) on Saturday held a sensitization forum to streamline the activities of its members. The forum also aimed at creating awareness about challenges facing the mango nursery industry and to seek the support of the Dangme West …

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Cocoa prices at 24-year high as pound weakens

Cocoa prices in London surged above £2,000 a tonne Friday January 23, 2009 for the first time in almost 24 years. Liffe May cocoa futures, the market benchmark, jumped 2.9 per cent to £2,005 a tonne, the highest level since April 1985. Cocoa gained more than 13.5 per cent on …

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Chainsaw operator in trouble for cutting trees

The Nyinahin police have arrested Kwabena Nimo, a 28-year old chainsaw operator for felling trees without permit. He was alleged to have sneaked into the cocoa farms belonging to Messrs. Wilson Nkrumah and Kwaku Forkuo at Afriyiekrom near Nyinahin in the Atwima Mponua District of Ashanti without permit and fell …

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Man remanded for defrauding medical officer

A district magistrate court at Ajumako has remanded Twum Barima, 46, for posing as a personnel of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) and defrauding Dr. Anthony Aidoo, Managing Director of Betel Herbal Center in Ajumako of 1,800 Ghana Cedis. The accused person who, pleaded not guilty to the charges, …

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Civil Society worried about depletion of Ghana’s forests

Ghana’s recent impressive annual growth rate of between six to seven percent cannot be sustained if the rate of depletion of the country’s natural resources and environment are not checked, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the sector have noted. It is estimated that the country loses some 10% of its …

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Ghana’s rice imports bill hits $500m

Stakeholders in the rice sub-sector of the agricultural sector held their annual general meeting Firday January 23, 2009 and, not surprisingly, fired a petition to the new government. Not only did their petition not surprise anybody; to Ghanaians who have been following the fortunes of this staple it had, indeed, …

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Ghana Association of Bankers announces exchange rates

Following are the average inter-bank exchange rate of the dollar and derived rates for the major currencies against the cedi as issued by the Ghana Association of Bankers on Friday, January 23, 2009. Currency                   NEW GHANA CEDI EQUIVALENT Buying               Selling U.S. Dollar                             1.2316               1.2684 Pound Sterling                    1.6861               1.7367 …

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Ghana’s farmers, fisherman plan on food security

The Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen (GNAFF) has devised a strategy to improve and sustain the country’s food stock to ensure food security in the country. According to the association, “the strat­egy could lead to an agriculture-led socio­economic development of Ghana” and has, therefore, appealed to the government …

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