The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, has disclosed that 21 factories have been completed and operating under the ‘One District, One Factory’ (1D1F) initiative in the region.
Some of the functional factories, the Minister mentioned, are Boris ‘B’ Farms and Vet Supplies Ghana Limited, a Bantama-based company that deals in poultry and poultry feed, Aspee Pharmaceuticals Limited at Ejisu, Darko Farms Group at Akropong, which is into the processing of poultry, and Anok Gyes Farms Limited at Agona Wiamoase, producers of pig feed.
According to the Minister, 30 more factories were being constructed under the initiative in the region.
Minister Osei-Mensah, who was addressing the 23rd Regional General Meeting of the Ashanti, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Branch of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) in Kumasi over the weekend, said these factories, which were at various stages of completion, would soon be completed.
He explained that these factories were hardware companies, food processing and alcoholic beverage industries, and mentioned others as Adonko Bitters Limited, Beacon Hills Industries Limited, Agro Africa Limited, Best Fertilizer Limited, IM Trucks and Heavy Equipment Limited, Ababio Express Limited, and Jomex Limited.
Mr. Osei Mensah further noted that the government had made huge investments in transforming the economy from one that imported and exported raw material into a production economy.
He also said the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council and the AGI had been collaborating with the private sector to implement projects that were geared towards promoting business in the region.
“Currently there is a proposal to organise a fair at the end of the year,” Minister Osei-Mensah hinted.