Ghanaian students, responding to a government call for all Ghanaian to help pull the country out of its present economic crisis, turned out to harvest 120 tons of sugar cane at the Asutsuare sugar plantation last Saturday (February 19).
GV PAN Sugar factory TO students harvesting cane
GV, SV & CU Students cutting cane (2 shots)
GV Cane being trimmed on truck
GV & SV Cane cut & trimmed (3 shots)
SV Students loading cane onto truck
SV & CU White student loading cane onto truck (3 shots)
CU Cane stacked on trailer
GV PAN Loaded wagon with students aboard drives to factory
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Background: Ghanaian students, responding to a government call for all Ghanaian to help pull the country out of its present economic crisis, turned out to harvest 120 tons of sugar cane at the Asutsuare sugar plantation last Saturday (February 19).
Some 600 students took to the fields at Asutsuare, 45 miles from Accra, where they cut cans and loaded onto lorries for the short drive to a nearby sugar refinery.
The new, ruling military government of Colonel Ignatius Acheampong recently asked all Ghanaians to help the West African country cure its economic ills.
Although Ghana has the capability of meeting its domestic sugar needs, the government has been faced with an acute labour shortage in the cane fields. As a result, sugar production has been cut by more than 50 per cent and Ghana has been forced to spend much-needed foreign exchange on imported sugar.
SYNOPSIS: The Asutsuare sugar refinery in Ghana where last Saturday hundreds of Ghanaian college students harvested 120 tons of ripe sugar cane from the adjacent fields. The students, who worked without pay, were acting in response to a call made by Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, head of Ghana's ruling National Redemption Council. Colonel Acheampong has urged all Ghanaian to help pull the West African nation out of its present economic difficulties.
Although Ghana has the capacity to manufacture all of its domestic sugar needs, a shortage of labour in the cane fields has cut sugar production by more than 50 per cent. This is turn has forced the military government of Colonel Acheampong to spend the country's scarce foreign exchange on imported sugar.
Colonel Acheampong came to power in a bloodless coup last month, replacing the government of former Prime Minister Kofi Busia. The National Redemption Council, set up by the coup leaders, has introduced stringent financial measures in an effort to correct Ghana's ever-worsening balance-of-payment deficit which the Council blames on the economic mismanagement of past regimes.