Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Mahama, has assured the people of Asutifi that the next NDC government will establish a rice processing factory in the area.
“I have heard the people of Mehame in Asutifi plant rice have large rice farms in this area. When we come to power, we will buid a rice factory here for you so you can add value to the rice you cultivate over here,” the former president said.
He made the pledge when he paid a courtesy call to the Chiefs of Mehame in the Asutifi South constituency as part of his tour of the Ahafo region on Friday.
Mr Mahama said the people of Asutifi deserve better and explained that there are more avenues to create jobs for the people when they vote the NDC to power, stressing that his government will establish a mechanization centre for the people to help farmers farm in commercial quantities.
“You will get a mechanization centre where farmers can go and hire them to farm,” he added and also pledged small scale mining wil be regulated under his government to create more jobs for the youth.
Earlier at Techimantia in the Tano South constituency, Mr Mahama announced that the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions will be the designated centres for agro-processing in the country.
In an earlier tour of the Bono and Bono East Regions where cashew, pepper and tomato are grown in commercial quantities, President Mahama promised that processing factories would be established in the regions, when he wins the December 2020 elections.
This, he explained, will help add value and address the perennial problem of post-harvest losses and low crop prices to farmers, adding that the establishment of the processing factories will create more jobs, value and help the farmers earn more money for themselves and their families.
Mr. Mahama expressed his disappointment with the cancellation of the free fertilizer programme introduced by his administration for cocoa farmers, noting that President Nana Akufo-Addo chose instead to sell cocoa the fertilizers marked “not for sale” to the farmers.
He promised the farmers that he will restore the free fertilizer programme.