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Think Outside The Box To Sustain 1-District 1-Factory-Peasant Farmers

The current government has successfully launched its One -District One- Factory industrialization programme at Ekumfi in the Central Region last Friday.

After mouth of the project has it that, several commentators including technocrats and non-technocrats, agronomist, farmer groups, political discussants among others have expressed concern about the sustainability of the entire project. Latest on the card is Mr. Bismark Nortey.

Mr. Bismark Nortey, the Programs Officer for the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana granting interview with Rite Agric Forum said, for the factories to be effective, authorities must consider a couple of factors such as: management, what raw materials will be available and their corresponding sources.

According to him, there should be a provision for raw materials, since a factory’s survival depends on consistent supply of raw materials.

He cautioned authorities to take lessons from the collapsed of previous factories onto this project since it laudable and can create employment.

Mr. Nortey disclosed that, authorities has a lot of questions to answer to ensure that the project is not just ‘’a nine day wonder’’.  “For instance, the life span of raw materials that can feed the factory, also the country’ s farming system depends on rain, so what happens to the factories during dry season.”

Source: Joyce Bedeley/ritefmonline.org

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