MASS COCONUT PRODUCTION AND ITS ASSOCIATED REFINEMENT INTO PRODUCTS THAT CAN BE OBTAINED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF GHANA AT NSUTEM – EASTERN REGION.
Coconut (Cocos nucifera) a member of the palm tree families has many purposes which includes for food, fuel, folk medicine,
building materials, charcoal, cosmetics, oil for frying and anointing, drinks, making soaps, furniture making and used as materials to
make a variety of products for furnishing and decoration. Coconut is produced in Ghana in an infinitesimal quantity of about 0.012%
which is an insignificant percentage when it comes to world coconut production. Coconut has an economic value and plays major
roles in countries like Indonesia, India, Philippines and Sri Lanka when it comes to country growth and development. Ghana, a West
African Country is no exception when it comes to the use of Coconut for local consumption and export but in small quantities. This
calls for the need for mass production of coconut by Ghanaians to boost the economy in the direction of export to the international
market and local refinement into consumable products both locally and internationally. This is the reason for this research work in
Nsutem in the Eastern Region of Ghana. It is established from this research that, mass production will boost the economy after the
establishment of a Coconut Research Institute of Ghana (CCRIG) comparable to Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), Oil Palm
Research Institute, Soil Research Institute, Water Research Institutes, Plant Genetic Resources Research, Animal Research Institute
etc. all in Ghana. The Coconuts will be used and processed into the products indicated above for national use and export which will
generate Billions of Pounds Sterling and Cedis for the country Ghana and the world market. Establishing such a research Institute
will result in the engagement of experts from medical research/clinical trials on the health benefits of coconut oil and heart disease,
diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV/Aids and others.