Deputy Trade Minister Tours Industries In Techiman (BA/R)

Mr Nii Lantey Vanderpuiye, the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry has paid a day visit to industries in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region to familiarize himself with their operations and to assess how best government can support promote them.

Some of the industries the Deputy Minister visited include Techiman Processing Complex (TEPCO), a tomato processing company; Ghana Nuts Limited (GNL), a nut processing company and Rajkuma Limited, a cashew nut processing company. He also visited Ghana National Association of Garages to encourage them collaborate and partner with the industries to promote their operations. 

Briefing the media after the tour, Mr. Nii Lantey Vanderpuiye said the aim of the tour was to promote and support the President vision on promoting local industries and small scale enterprises to stand on their feet to help achieve the “Better Ghana Agenda” of the government.  

The Deputy Minister described the visit to the three (3) industries as a wonderful experience for the level of jobs and wealth they have created for the farmers and the people in the area. 

He commended the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Phillip Oppong Amponsah for his constant interaction with the industries to encourage them. “This shows that government is concerned about what they are doing and government is with them”, he noted. He added that government policy was to encourage the use of available local raw materials for production in order to reduce dependence on imported products.

The Deputy Minister also said the operations of the industries has afforded the farmers the opportunities to have district off-picker system where people were ready with the ready markets and also add value to their raw materials for exports.  “It is good in the sense that apart from jobs creation, the auxiliary jobs that are created, the farmers and their agents all help to boost the local economy. So this is good, am impressed”, he emphasized. He noted that there were few challenges which the Ministry have taken on board to resolve them. “We are going to assist them especially the tomato factory”, he said. 

The Deputy Minister said one thing he was impressed in all the industries was that they were determine to do more than they were doing. “If you look at Ghana Nuts, they are determine to collaborate with Techiman Municipal Assembly (TMA) to move into biogas and also even move into the production of sunflower for their oil. They also said they have a relationship with TMA to move into biogas to stop their dependence on the national grid. This tells you that they are all coming in sing with the President message to try and work together in order to boost local industries”, he stressed.

The Deputy Minister gave assurance that the Ministry of Trade and Industry was ready to support local industries that are determined to up their activities and to add value to the local raw materials for export in order to reduce our dependence on foreign imports. 

On energy efficiency to the industries, the Deputy Minister said government was encouraging industries to adopt other green efficient energy generation which was the biogas or solar energy system. He assured the industries that government will continue to support them to reduce their dependence on domestic use or for other industries that will depend on them solely. 

The Deputy Minister observed that at GNL and Rajkuma Ltd, the Cashew and Shea nuts waste can be used for waste can generation and encourage them to diversify their energy source. He noted also that their waste can be used as a combusts raw materials for their boilers and also to generate energy for their machines. “If they need support, we will be available and will support them to do that”, he assured them. The Deputy Minister added that as part of the work plan for the Ministry of Trade and Industry, they will effectively collaborate between the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and Ministry of Finance to support the local agriculture production in order to get the raw materials to feed the local industries so that they have import substitution and stop import items.

At Ghana Association of Garages the MCE for Techiman Mr. Philip Oppong Amponsah appealed to the Deputy Minister for the expansion of the ICT Training Centre in Techiman for the trainees to bring Techiman centre to the same project level as that of Kumasi Magazine known as Suame Magazine Industrial Development Organization (SMIDO).


Source: ISD (Imoro T. Ayibani)





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