The Greater Accra Regional Youth Organiser of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Eric Jerry Aidoo, is calling on the Government to revive the salt industry to improve the livelihoods of the people-poverty in the Coastal areas.
Speaking on Plan B FM morning Show dubbed “Nkosuo Nsem”, despite the huge salt production potential of the country’s coastal belt; the renewable resource remains highly untapped.
He said output levels were less than 10 per cent of its potential, and therefore called for revamping of the salt industry to transform the plight of the people in the coastal
Mr. Aidoo also indicated that indigenes of coastal communities wallow in abject poverty amidst high levels of unemployment and that what the salt industry needed was, investment, and technological application to local production.
The CPP Youth Organizer recommended a mixture of strategies to give the sector a facelift to achieve optimum and harness the benefit of salt deposits as this would help diversify the export markets of Ghana.
The salt industry would also give impetus to the nation’s industrialization drive towards achieving upper-middle income country status in the short-to-medium-term.
Mr Addo said Ghana had the best salt producing potential in the West African Sub-region as studies show that the country held about 60 per cent of salt production.
He said globally, the salt market was witnessing a steady growth in terms of consumption.
In conclusion, he said the salt industries could create a lot of jobs in the coastal areas and contribute immensely to the development of the economy.