The Chief Farmer of Akwatia in charge of the Alternative livelihood project by the Minerals Commission Mr Nabah Kingsford has on behalf of farmers in Akwatia urged the government to establish a palm oil factory in the locality to open up the area for trade in palm oil products.
Establishing the palm oil factory in the area, he said, would benefit the teeming youth of the area,whiles boosting the economy at large.
Speaking to the press during a field trip by the board of the Minerals Commission to inspect the progress made with it alternative livelihood project in the Eastern Region,Mr KingsfordIn said due to the intervention of the minerals Commission by introducing the alternative livelihood project to framers and former illegal miners, the area had the capacity to provide the factory with raw materials as the the project introduced by the commission are yielding massive results.
“The Akwatia areas has arable lands for the cultivation of oil palm trees that will feed the factory,” he stated.
The Chief Farmer said Government’s one district one factory program was possible but could materialise only when the government gave local communities the opportunity to identify unique core competencies in their areas and proffer solutions to their own problems.
The District Chief Executive of Denkyembuor District,Seth Bikroang stated the benefits of the alternative livelihood project to his District and stressed the readiness of the chiefs of Akwatia and it environs to get involved in the project and to release more acres of land for the factory if the government decided to consider building it, saying the chiefs were determined to help the government to succeed in its industrialisation agenda