Government establishes District Centers for the implementation of 1D1F Policy

Accra, The government of Ghana, in its efforts to implement the one district, one factory policy has established a District Center for Agriculture, Commerce and Technology (DCACT).

The DCACT, which would be implemented in all Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies across the country, is expected to identify and develop at least two major food crops, cash crops, or livestock into exportable commodity.

At a sensitisation programme to enlighten Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in the Greater Accra Region, Mr Robert Ahomka Lindsey, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry urged the MMDCEs to collaborate with the government to implement the policy.

He said the Assemblies were the main implementers of the policy because they would have provided land for agriculture purpose and industrial parks to facilitate the manufacturing of produce.

He urged the MMDCEs to ensure that the economic plans were in line with job creation, saying “in each district, identify 200acres of land that can be used for industrial parks.

Mr Lindsey said the vast majority of companies were looking for land for manufacturing purposes.

The Deputy Sector Minister said “any plans we put together will not work if we do not involve the MMDCEs”

Speaking at the programme, Madam Gifty Ohene-Konadu, the National Coordinator for the One District One Factory Policy, noted that three things were considered before investors were allowed to invest in an area as part of the policy.

She said the source of raw material, community acceptance of the factory and the market availability of the final product, were critical considerations for the establishment of a factory in a district.

She indicated that the sensitisation programme had been held for all MMDCEs across the country and that the Greater Accra Region’s was the completion of the sensitisation programme.

On his part, Mr Collins Ntim, the Deputy Minister, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, said the government has a plan to develop six other crops to the level akin to that of Cocoa.

Mr Ntim, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Offinso North Constituency said the six crops government intended to develop were cashew, shea, mango, citrus, coconut, rubber, and oil palm.

He noted that DCACT also had the objective of attracting investment in agro processing at the Districts to add value to agricultural produce for domestic industrialisation.

He added that the center would establish and maintain electronic database on all commercial entrepreneurial and agriculture initiatives.

Source: Ghana News Agency