From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Nsawkaw
The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Tain in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Madam Charity Akua Foriwaa Dwommoh, has appealed to investors to support the revival of two defunct cashew processing factories in the District. The DCE said the two factories were set-up at Nsawkaw, the district capital, by an Indian international company, but were closed down some years ago, due to lack of raw materials to feed them. Madam Dwommoh told Space FM in Sunyani: “Due to the lucrative nature of the cashew business, almost every household in the district engaged in cashew cultivation and production in commercial quantities.” According to her: “The District initially planned to revamp and own the factories, but because of the cost involved and limited financial resources it could not do so, hence the need to open up for Public-Private Partnership.” Madam Dwommoh told Dickson Smith, host of Space Morning Flight, that raw material was a problem in the past, but added that a greater quantity of cashew nuts harvested in the area during the season were always transported to Sampa in the Jaman North District for sale. She expressed worry about the Assembly’s low Internally Generated Fund (IGF), which, she said, is inadequate to meet the developmental needs of the communities. To address that challenge, the Assembly has taken data of all the tax payers, particularly traders and artisanal workers, in the District to strengthen its revenue mobilisation in the area. The DCE said that the Assembly is working hard to enter into an agreement with Swedish investors to establish a cassava processing plant in the area. Madam Dwommoh said, after the signing of the contract, “The Assembly would support many of the unemployed youth with logistics and required materials to go into cassava plantation to feed the plant.” She encouraged the youth in the area to engage in commercial farming, since it serves as an employment opportunity for them. Madam Dwommoh said appealed to the government to support the Assembly with funds to repair the abandoned Degedege Irrigation Dam, which was constructed under former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s administration. The rehabilitation of the dam would improve on maize, rice, and general food production in the area.