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UE: 3 factories under 1D1F handed over to Assemblies for operationalization

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At least three factories under the government’s flagship programme; One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative have been handed over to the various District and Municipal Assemblies in the Upper East region for operationalization.

Speaking to A1 Radio on Daybreak Upper East Show, the Upper East Regional Director of Business Resource Centre (BRC) Michael Abogoro said, the three factories that are 100 percent complete are due for operationalisation by the Assemblies.

According to Mr. Abogoro, all the necessary machines have been installed in the factories.

The factories include a small scale rice processing factory in the Builsa South District, a shea nut processing factory in the Bongo District and a leather processing factory in the Bolgatanga Municipality

“They have been handed over to the various Assemblies. If you get in touch with the Assemblies, they will give you an updated version of what they are supposed to do now. What the Ministry [of Trade and Industry] is supposed to do is done, and so the Assemblies are supposed to take off.”

“The programme is dubbed, the Enable Youth Programme. It is the intention of government that the various Assemblies would encourage the youth to take an active interest in these activities. It is a direct local concept that is why they have handed over the projects to the various Assemblies to be able to create a pool, a database of young entrepreneurs who will provide the raw materials and are in a better position to farm rice, produce leather and process them; all those activities are being put in place,” he said.

Meanwhile, a factory for guinea fowl rearing and production situated in Bawku is “nearing completion.”

The factories, to be solely private-led, would provide direct and in-direct jobs for the people into the production of the raw materials needed by the factories. It would also provide jobs for the processors at the factories while also helping reduce imports and increase exports.

As part of the government’s industrialization agenda, the Ministry of Trade is rolling out policy-driven activities that are geared toward building the business environment in the country.

To achieve the aim, the sector minister, Alan John Kyeremanten has set up a 10-point agenda that is seeking to create industrial packs that would coordinate and feed off the production of the small and medium scale industries in all regions of the country.

Source:A1Radioonline.Com|10.1MHZ|David Azure| Bolgatanga|

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