The United States Ambassador, Stephanie S. Sullivan, Wednesday commissioned a shea butter processing facility and warehouse for the Tiyumtaba Women’s Shea Cooperative of Sorogu, in the Sagnerigu Municipality in the Northern Region.

The facility will increase incomes for 600 Ghanaian women who collect and process shea nuts.

The new facility is part of the U.S. Government’s effort to partner with communities, companies, and non-profit organisations in West Africa to expand economic opportunities for women.

The Ghana International Trade Fair (GITF) will this year be held in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital, from February 27 to March 8, 2020.

It will be the second time the region will host the trade fair, after the initial one in 2016.

Over 600 indigenous and foreign companies are expected to participate in the event, scheduled for the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium.

The Second Lady, Mrs Samira Bawumia, has launched the first edition of the World Shea Expo, with an appeal to stakeholders to support a revamp of the country’s shea-nut value chain.

She said even though the shea industry had the potential to address critical developmental challenges such as women empowerment, food security and industrialisation, it would need the commitment of more resources to achieve that objective.

Locally manufactured rice also known as Ghana rice, is out of stock in some stores in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital, during the festive season.

This was revealed after a visit to some stores in the metropolis to find out whether Ghanaians will eat local or imported rice this Yuletide.

Some retailers who spoke to Joy News attributed the boom in business to the launch of the ‘Eat Local Rice’ campaign by President Akufo-Addo.

Almost 10,000 small and medium holder farmers have increased their maize yield from an average of 1.8 metric tonnes per hectare to 4.5 metric tonnes under the Sustainable Maize Programme in the three regions of the North.

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