Efforts of the hardworking rural poor do not receive the required compensation, the National Coordinator of the One District, One Factory has observed.
Honorable Gifty Ohene-Konadu, National Coordinator of government’s flagship program, One District, One Factory regretted what she observes as the massive waste of rotten farm produce dumped at farm gates.
She was speaking as Guest Speaker during the inauguration of the Lan Tianyi Soy Milk Company at Asutsuare in the Shai Osudoku district of the Greater Accra Region.
The 1D1F coordinator who described the initiative as an economic transformational agenda of H.E. the president, Nana Addo Dankwa however expressed concern over the fact that the labors of the poor farmer end up in vain.
“It hurts to watch a lot of waste by way of rotten farm produce dumped at farm gates,” she lamented.
Madam Ohene-Konadu who identified the establishment of processing facilities as the starting point of industrialization said such a step will go a long way in addressing the wastages of farm produce.
“In Nana Addo’s wisdom, a starting point of industrialization can commence with the processing facilities that utilize the resource endowment of the districts in Ghana to curb wastages of farm produce and bring optimum compensation and restore the dignity of farmers,” she said.
Her presence at the inauguration, she underscored, was in respect of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo’s desire of building the economy of Ghana from the grassroots level led by the private sector of Ghana who will proudly boast of realizing the President’s dream and claim ownership of prospective factories built within their respective communities.
She lauded the Lan Tianyi Company as a private sector driven initiative and the 19TH Factory under the 1D1F policy begun with viable business ideas of individual entrepreneurs.
The financial institutions that have signed up to support the 1D1F initiative are prepared to shepherd promoters, including the startup companies to build successful and viable businesses.
“At the moment, over 600 business plans have been received. Most of these projects are being assessed on their commercial, financial and technical viabilities after which (the viable proposals) will be forwarded to the banks for support,” she added.
Government is actively working hard and creating the enabling environment for businesses to thrive and the secretariat plays a facilitation role in ensuring that there are access roads, water and electricity at all project sites, she said.
Madam Ohene-Konadu therefore encouraged Ghanaians on whose shoulders lie the successful implementation of the 1D1F policy to emulate the examples of the Lan Tianyi Soy Milk Company for its successful establishment to push Ghana’s industrialization.
She, in commending Mr. Lan Yongsheng for his foresight, fortitude and commitment, also called on churches to throw their weight behind the manufacturing and establishment of factories to create jobs for members and non-members of the church.
The Lan Tianyi Soy Milk Company, as part of its plans to ensure sustainable commercial viability of the project, has secured 5000 acres of lands in the Volta region to cultivate soya beans which will serve as the raw material for the factory and has so far harvested soya beans that can feed the factory for two years.
The installed plant produces maximum 5000 pieces of soy milk daily.
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