The palm producers and oil producers of Anwia-Nkwanta a village in the Bekwai Municipal district, are appealing to the government to consider them under its flagship policy 1D1F; one district, one factory policy by reviving the already existing Anwia Nkwanta Oil Mill.
According to them, the factory when revived will create employment for the youth in the area since they will be forced to venture into its cultivation to feed the raw materials that will come out to the factory.
In its 2016 manifesto, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised to establish a factory in each of the 216 districts to transform Ghana’s economic fortunes, while creating employment for the youth.
The initiative, otherwise known as district enterprises, is to establish medium-to-large-scale factories or industrial enterprises that have the potential to fundamentally affect the economy of the districts.Among other things, the district enterprise is aimed at supporting existing companies, while creating new ones to create employment, as well as add value to the country’s natural resource base to make most districts economic giants.
In an interview with Rite News, the President of the Association, Mr. Frimpong Ebenezer said they have arable lands that are good for palm cultivation and the only thing left is for the government to revive the factory because the absence of the factory is costing the farmers a lot.
‘’We have youth who are willing to go into oil palm cultivation but what will encourage them to pursue it is when the factory is revived, as it will serve as ready market for the farm produce so his Excellency the President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo as a listening president to come to our aid’’ he stated
The situation according to the President has forced them to sell their farm produce to the market women for less. ‘’The most painful thing is that we have no say because the market queens decide the price to pay us and its heart breaking’’ he lamented. He added, that the factory during its existence employed over a thousand people but after the collapse all these people were sent home therefore increasing unemployment rate in the area.
He said they have called on the authorities but to no avail therefore threatened to demonstrate if their plea is not attended to.
Mr Frimpong Ebenezer lauded the current administration for their effort to develop the agric sector through their flagship policies Planting for Export and Rural Development program.
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