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Yilo Krobo: Dutch Embassy and International Water Management Institute to Establish Fertilizer Factory

The Dutch Embassy and International Water Management Institute, a Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), center focused on research for development to deliver new evidence-based approaches that address key water-related challenges, are to construct a modern fertilizer factory worth 250,000 Euros for the people of Yilo Krobo in the Eastern Region to improve Agriculture in the Municipality to enhance food security.

Speaking to the Municipal Chief Executive of Yilo Krobo, Hon. Ebenezer Tetteh Kupualor, he intimated that works on the construction of the company will commence in January 2018.

According to him, arrangements are in progress for works to begin and the various stakeholders are ready to commence work.

“Preparations are far advanced for works to begin and the people involved have agreed to move to site to work to improve Agriculture and also provide employment to the people, especially the youth,” the assembly chief asserted.

The development he added will reduce the rate of unemployment in the district and the country as a whole.

On what role the assembly is playing in the development of the project, honourbale Kupualor disclosed that the role of the Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly in the project is the provision of land for the project, electricity supply, water as well as the construction of a road to the project site.

The funding of the project estimated at two hundred and fifty thousand (250 000) euros will be supplied by the Dutch Embassy.

He pledged the assembly’s commitment to collaborate with the Dutch Embassy for successful execution of the project.

“The assembly is ever ready to cooperate with the Dutch Embassy and provide the necessary assistance and cooperation for the commencement of the program. Moreover, the assembly is ready to undertake many of such programs in the district,” honourable Kupualor guaranteed.

He therefore adds that the enthusiasm of the assembly to give the needed timely support will encourage other stakeholders to take the municipality serious in the execution of similar projects in the locality.

Honourable Kupualor said the assembly has done all the necessary visibility studies with other stakeholders including the Environmental Protection Agency which result have been positive which is an indication that the factory which will be cited at Akorley can go ahead.

He added that the factory will depend on waste from homes as well as human and animal waste to produce organic fertilizers at a subsidized price for the farmers to boost agricultural production in the municipality.

The construction of the factory is expected to reduce the importation of fertilizers from other countries since it will produce enough to fill the country’s fertilizer gap as local assembly members have approved its construction during their recently held assembly meeting.

As the MCE revealed, two other companies have similarly shown interest in investing in the mango sector of the municipality through the establishment of mango factories to process the fruit into powder while the other also processes it into fruit juice for export and local consumption.

The assembly chief also urged the people of Yilo Krobo to take their farming activities serious since a brighter future awaits them.

By Austin Ofori Addo/ritefmonline.org/austinofori.addo@gmail.com

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