North: Agro-processing prospects bright – Bawumia
The prospects of agro-processing in all the five regions up north will be greatly enhanced following the construction of a watermelon processing factory in Walewale in the North East region, Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has said.
Speaking at the sod-cutting event on Monday, 16 December 2019, Dr Bawumia indicated that construction of the GHS35-million factory, which is being funded by the Exim Bank, is in fulfilment of
President Akufo-Addo’s efforts to reduce the phenomenon of rural-urban migration, and revitalise the nation’s industrial base. “The President pledged before Ghanaians his commitment to pursuing an aggressive industrialisation and value addition to
agricultural produce through the flagship 1D1F programme. Under the IDIF, about 181 factories are at various stages of completion with some 58 of them already completed. The progress made by the government, in line with this commitment, is very significant for a 3-year-old government,” he noted.
Dr Bawumia said: “This is a dream come true. The fear of post-harvest losses will be eliminated by this factory. Farmers are also encouraged to explore all-year round farming in order to regularly feed the watermelon factory”.
“With the construction of the Pwulugu multi-purpose dam, the prospects of agro-processing factories in the Northeast and the Upper East Regions of the country will be greatly enhanced.”
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Exim Bank, Mr Lawrence Agyensaim, disclosed that GHS100 million has been set aside for the establishment of factories in the five regions of the north, and his outfit is working assiduously with the promoters of these factories to ensure their speedy set up.
“Ghana Exim Bank is ready to support President Akufo-Addo’s vision of One District-One Factory. Just as we supported the construction of Ekumfi Juice factory, we are also supporting the construction of this factory and many more for the greater development of Ghana”, he declared.