THE GOVERNMENT IS DETERMIND, THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY, TO COLLABORATE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO IMPLEMENT A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM FOR INDUSTRIAL TRANSFORMATION, ANCHORED ON TEN (10) PILLARS.
The Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 11th October 2019, commissioned the Miro Forestry Ghana Limited, in Drobonso, in the Sekyere Afram Plains constituency, in the Ashanti Region, a company operating under government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative.
The factory, which processes a variety of wood species, is one of the 181 projects that have been selected for implementation by the Akufo-Addo government, through the Ministry of Trade and Industry, under the ‘One District One Factory’ (1D1F) initiative.
THE EXPANSION WORK WILL SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE NUMBER OF DIRECT EMPLOYEES OF THE COMPANY, AND OFFER EMPLOYMENT TO THE RESIDENTS OF DROBONSO AND THE SURROUNDING VILLAGES TO HELP IMPROVE THEIR LIVELIHOODS AND THE ECONOMY OF THE DISTRICT.
Thus far, Miro Forestry Ghana Limited has created 1,100 jobs for the youth of Drobonso, with its main products including rotary veneer, small diameter broom poles, and wood waste.
Additionally, Miro Forestry Ghana Limited has cultivated some 8,500 hectares of different species of trees, and is working towards the acquisition of additional land to increase the number of species under cultivation to 15,000 hectares in Sekyere Afram Plains.
The expansion of the plantation will ensure a sustainable supply of raw materials for the company, with the wood species being cultivated including eucalyptus, gmelina and acacia managium.
The promoter of the factory indicated to President Akufo-Addo that arrangements have already been put in place to install another veneer processing line before the end of this year, and a plywood mill by the year 2020.
The expansion work will significantly increase the number of direct employees of the company, and offer employment to the residents of Drobonso and the surrounding villages to help improve their livelihoods and the economy of the District.
The President encouraged the management of the company to establish their presence in the ECOWAS market, and also take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which will be fully operational from July 2020, to export their products to other parts of Africa.
He commended the promoters of Miro Forestry Ghana Limited for making such an investment in the Sekyere Afram Plains District to support the industrial transformation agenda of the government.