Zoomlion Ghana Limited and the Jospong Group of Companies are to initiate large-scale farming in the Volta Region this year.
Already, the company has acquired land at Adaklu, Ho, Jasikan, Kadjebi and Hohoe for the agricultural project.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, the Volta Regional Manager of Zoomlion, Mr Evans Ewudzie Arthur, said the company was acquiring agricultural machinery for the commencement of the project.
Already, the company has begun a cocoa nursery at Shia in the Ho West District, from which it has nursed and sold 120,000 seedlings.
“Last year was challenging. We had many complaints from workers over their salaries. It is not because the company did not want to pay them but because we had to rely on the government. That is why we want to do everything that will bring regular extra income to workers,” he said.
To prevent a situation where the company would rely solely on the government, Mr Arthur said it was maximising its profits through collaboration with district assemblies to collect revenue for the assemblies and manage their toilet facilities and car parks.
The welfare of workers, according to him, was paramount to the sustainability of the company and that was why it was engaging in other activities to support them.
He said in as much as the company was putting in measures to make life better for its workers, they should also renew their commitment for Zoomlion to maintain its image as the best waste management company in the country.
The spirit and commitment with which people used to work, Mr Arthur observed, had waned, adding,“People keep asking whether Zoomlion is there. This is because even when the workers are working, they don’t put on their working gear for people to notice them.”