“Having a rice factory of rice mill [in the Upper East Region[, is something that is very important. In this country, every year, we spend not less than $391 million importing rice into this country. As at 2020, rice was the third most imported product into this country. So if you have a policy on industrialisation, and government is today telling us that we are going to have a factory that meets our expectations, we think that it is something that would really add value to that product [rice] and it will create jobs for people.”
The Executive Director for the Northern Patriots in Research and Advocacy (NORPRA), Bismark Adongo Ayorogo touted the relevance of the rice milling factory located in Fumbisi in the Builsa South District when he spoke with A1 Radio’s Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith earlier today. He was speaking ahead of the President’s visit to the Upper East Region.
The President is expected to commission a project in Fumbisi in the Builsa South District as part of the government’s One District One Factory.
A1 Radio has gathered that a rice milling factory has been established in Fumbisi as part of the government’s grand scheme, One District One Factory.
The President’s visit forms part of his usual regional tours done to ascertain the progress of work in the various districts and regions.
This is according to the Upper East Regional Director of Communications, Peter Ayinbisa. He said this when he spoke to Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith on A1 Radio’s DayBreak Upper East Show.
While commending the government for the initiative, Mr. Ayorogo also shared some concerns.
“Government must make a statement on its policy on the importation of rice in this country. In other countries, where we are importing the rice from, their governments subsidize heavily for them to produce and then export. So I would want to know what is government’s policy to be able to make these factories compete with the foreign producers and also to regulate the importation of rice.”
“If we do not do these, forget it, it would [establishment of the factory] would not be anything that would make an impact,” he said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana