June 13, 2024
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Alan Cash inaugurates Gh¢ 7.375 million Savelugu Rice factory

As part of efforts by government to promote industrialization in the country, Mr. Alan John Kwadjo Kyerematen, Minister for Trade and Industry, has inaugurated the Savelugu Rice Processing Factory in the Savelugu Municipality of the Northern region.

The trade Minister while inaugurating the rice processing plant reiterated government’s commitment to making industrialization the bedrock of the country’s economic development.

He said the factory will create numerous job opportunities for the youth and farmers in the municipality and by extension adjourning districts the northern region.

The Minister also at also inaugurated the Savelugu Technology Solutions Centre to provide training for young people in the area while manufacturing parts machines and other equipment. He also inaugurated a 9-member Board of Directors that has oversight responsibilities for the management and operations of the factory and handed over keys of a double cabin pickup vehicle to the board to aid the smooth operations of the factory.

He told the chiefs and people of the area that the Savelugu Municipality was particularly lucky to have the rice processing factory together with the technology solutions centre at one place. Explaining further, he said it was the first of its kind in the country to the rice plant and the centre situated at one town. He further stated that the rice factory will promote agriculture and trade, particularly rice farming and promote growth of small scale enterprises.

Mr. Shani Allhassan Shaibu, Minister for Northern region said the factory will reduce post-harvest loses as bush burning, theft and pests were threat rice farmers in the area. He appealed to the Trade and Industry and Food and Agriculture Ministries to provide agric mechanization centres and irrigation facility promote all year round in the area. He said the northern region is positioning itself to become the food basket of the country while creating also creating opportunities to become a trade hub

In her welcome address, Hajia Ayishetu Seidu, Savelugu Municipal Chief Executive described the factory as timely and huge relief to the rice farmers in the area. She said the operations of the factory will address the issue of severe poverty as it will create job opportunities to a considerable number of people. She noted that the Savelugu Municipal assembly will provide the needed support to facilitate the smooth operations of the factory and called on the workers to eschew laziness and all other forms of unprofessional conduct towards work.

The Savelugu Municipal Rice Processing Factory is expected to directly employ about 118 workers including Management professionals, Factory floor workers and Plantation Management workers who will work on nucleus rice farms. In addition, over 754 farmers from the Associations will be directly engaged as contract suppliers who will supply rice to the factory.

About the factory

The 1D1F Common User Facility (CUF) is a farmer-owned agro-industrial processing facility established with seed funding from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) under the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP). The 1D1F CUF concept was conceived in 2017 following a policy direction by MOTI to realign the REP to be consistent with the Government of Ghana’s Industrial Transformation Agenda being implemented by MOTI.

The Model seeks to enhance the ability of farmers and other agricultural value chain actors, with little or no financial capacity to establish their own Common User processing facilities to process their farm products. In response to this constraint, MOTI sought funding from African Development Bank (AfDB), under the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP), to introduce this new concept of establishing CUFs in five (5) Districts including the Savelugu Municipal Rice Processing facility.

These CUFs have been established in selected areas where farmers engaged in the same commodity value chains lack facilities to process the outputs from their farming operations. The Savelugu Rice Processing 1D1F CUF has a state-of-the-art rice processing equipment with the capacity to produce 1.5 and 2.8 tonnes of processed rice per hour. The construction of the factory commenced in January 2020 and was completed and handed

over in 15 July 2021. The processing plant installed at the factory include a modern parboiling, milling and packaging plants. It has a standby generator and a mechanized borehole to supply the factory with water. In addition, the factory has a Warehouse, fully furnished office accommodation for staff, a conference room, laboratory room and a canteen for the workers.

The total cost of the factory is about Gh¢ 7.375 million, including the cost of factory building, processing plant and machinery, offices, office equipment and a Nissan Double Cabin Pickup vehicle.

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Story by Ibrahim Angaangmeni Alhassan/radiotamaleonline.com

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