Ghana goes green with cassava bag plan

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In Ghana, government officials are looking combat waste by promoting the use of biodegradable bags made from cassava.

Mahamudu Bawumia, Ghana’s Vice President, said the government has been approached by an unnamed entrepreneur who pitched the idea. The government is reportedly looking at repurposing a jute factor in Kumasi that has previously been used to produce bags for cocoa bean exports.

Bawumia revealed the plan at the Ghana Economic Forum. His talk was entitled, “Building a competitive economy for sustainable growth.”

“We have to think about new paths and new ways of doing things and it’s really that thinking that is driving a lot of the things we’re doing,” Bawumia. “We have to think outside the box and avoid straight jacket approach to development because the conventional way of doing things has not help us for the past 60 years. We have to be thinking about things that would give us competitive advantage and produce them right here in Ghana.”