UK, Germany, France does not have cocoa farm but they have chocolate factory.
Ghana must think outside at this moment. President John Mahama has inaugurated the revamped Komenda sugar factory in the Central region, predicting that the manufacturing plant will create over 7,000 direct and indirect jobs. At a colorful ceremony on the site of the factory, President Mahama said the factory needs “a lot of
labour” to grow, harvest and process the raw material
needed to feed a manufacturing appetite of 1,250
tonnes of sugar. The Komenda sugar factory, he said, will pay
for transporting of the sugarcane from the farms and
buy it from out growers at ¢60cedis per tone. Mahama
wants to follow Mauritius’s example where sugar
production employs 12% of the island’s population.
The factory was first established in 1960s by Ghana’s
first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was part of his
economic policy for industrialization. It was the heady days of considerable optimism among Ghanaians as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah sought to create a self-reliant economy. But the factory closed down by the end of the 1980s after years of mismanagement took its full toll. President Mahama said the revamping of the factory resurrects Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s dream and is expected to cut Ghana’s sugar import bill of about $200 million. Saving this money will be “a major dent on perennial forex fluctuations”, the President said, acknowledging the fact that excessive imports have been the bane of Ghana’s weak currency. “Every single cube of sugar that we eat here in Ghana is imported..Komenda is going to change that” the President shared his joy with the chiefs and people of Komenda.
The opposition party has been attacking the comeback of the factory with the excuse that there is not raw material to keep the factory in operation. My answer is that there are many countries which has factory without raw materials in the factory host country. Ghana export cocoa, gold, timber, and other raw materials. So why is hypocritical attacks on us, if komenda sugar factory succeed who benefit? It will not be the china, togo, Brazil or any other nation but Ghana. Let us make things work for us. This attitude of it is not my party so it should not work must stop. Ghana first! #paemuka
ARTWORK: MOH AWUDU