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School kids will enjoy free chicken thigh under my presidency – Mahama 

Dr Edward Mahama

School children are to expect one free chicken thigh for lunch if PNC Presidential candidate Dr. Edward Mahama, wins the November 2016 elections.

He explained on Pulse on the Joy News channel the move is to radically boost local production of maize and poultry, industries dominated by imports.

After four attempts, Edward Mahama believes he will be fifth time lucky in his latest bid to become president. He has contested the presidency more than any other in Ghanaian history.

But in an interview with Francis Abban on Pulse Wednesday, the US-trained medical doctor explained that poor media coverage hampered his efforts to again national acceptance in previous elections.

At the 1996 general election, only a few radio stations were operational in Ghana, typifying a weak media landscape with limited reach.

But fast forward to 2016 a very liberal media network means his message will reach far more Ghanaians that was possible in the past when he vied for the Presidency.

He even has a website to push his message to Ghanaians having an internet connection, he said. Now the propagation of his message will be difficult to stop and this is expected to change voter perception about the viability of his campaign, the trained surgeon said confidently.http://ghanapoliticsonline.com

Picking on one such message, Dr. Edward Mahama noted that the key to economic independence is local production of goods and boosting the consumption of locally produced goods.

He expressed shock that Ghana still imports $400million worth of rice in a country whose agricultural potential has become a cliché.

Zooming in on examples, Edward Mahama said, adding chicken thigh to the menu of school children under the Ghana School Feeding Programme is a simple policy that can bring great fortunes to poultry farmers.
He said the need to feed poultry will directly result in a boost in maize production. Through corn and chicken, Ghana’s weak local production base can witness record boost.

A strong agricultural production will also strengthen Ghana’s currency, the cedi, weakened by the Ghanaian culture of imports.

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