Speed up work on agro-processing factories – Kyerematen to contractors

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Alan Kyerematen, has asked contractors working on government-assisted agro-processing factories to speed up work to complete the projects.

He said the government was committed to creating opportunities for farmers to increase their incomes and improve on their livelihoods.

This, he said, explained why the government was investing in the establishment of agro-processing factories and warehouses across the country.

It was, therefore, important for contractors working on such projects to speed up work to enable beneficiary farmers not only to have a ready market but also add value to their products, he said.

Mr Kyerematen made the call when he paid a working visit to the Sekyere Central District to inspect works on a maize processing factory and a warehouse facility at Nsuta.

The facility, which falls under the one district one factory (1D1F) project, is aimed at reducing post-harvest losses.

It will also allow the farmers to add value to maize, which is produced in commercial quantities in the area.

The 440-square-metre facility has two main warehouses, a processing unit, which is equipped with modern machines and an administration block.

Mr Kyerematen said the lack of holding facilities was a disincentive to farmers.

That was why the government was doing everything possible to provide such facilities to encourage farmers to increase production and ensure food security, he said.

It would also entice the youth to go into farming since they would be assured of ready markets for the produce.

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