By: KALD| MyKuulFMonline.com
The Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa has disclosed that, government will not use the implementation of the ‘one-district-one-factory’ policy to disadvantaged existing Agro Processing factories operating in some districts of the region.
The policy which forms part of the Akufo-Addo led administration’s national industrialization agenda, intends to establish a factory in each of the country’s 216 districts to add value to raw materials and also create jobs for the teeming youth.
However, speaking during a familiarization tour of Kingdom Premium Fruits Limited, a private Agro processing industry at Tafi, in the Afadjato South district, the Minister, noted that government does not intend setting parallel factories to compete with existing ones in the districts.
“Very soon we’ll start cutting sod for some of our factories but we believe that, where have already existing establishments like this, it would be good not to compete with them but to partner them to expand their capacity,” he noted.
Adding, that such firms would rather be partnered by government and provided with the requisite support to enable them remain in operation, in order to generate the needed jobs for the teeming youth in the region.
Dr. Letsa also noted that, useful lessons will be taken from the existing industries as government prepares to roll out the first set of factories in the region.
The Kingdom Premium Fruits, a subsidiary of the Kingdom Group Limited, produces a weekly average of 500 tonnes of Mango and Pineapple juice, using fruits from its sister company, the Volta Integrated Agriculture Development (VIAD), which cultivates several thousand acres of Mango and pineapple.
It began operations in 2007 and runs a 2-unit production line in addition to a bottle producing unit and employs about 200 workers.
Dr. Felix Semavor, chairman of Kingdom group, told the Regional Minister during a tour of the farm and factory that, the production facility is currently operating below its capacity and called for governmental support to expand production.
He also hinted of plans to set up farmer-base associations across the region to engage in ‘out grower’ farming of mango and pineapple to feed the factory.
The minister who was accompanied on the tour last Thursday by some officials of the Afadjato South and North Dayi districts, including the DCE, Mr. Edmund Attah also made whistle stops at Kente weaving enclave at Tafi and the Ministry of Agric’s pack house facility at Vakpo.