Mr Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Commerce and Business, has rebutted claims that Authorities is barely rebranding some current tasks as “One District, One Manufacturing unit ” (1D1F ) firms.
Critics of Authorities’s flagship programme have at all times been fast to boost points anytime names of tasks below the programme are put out, asserting that among the firms usually are not new.
Mr Kyerematen, at a media encounter within the Ashanti area, restated that the programme was not solely in regards to the birthing of greenfield tasks, but additionally the resuscitation of current however distressed firms.
He mentioned helps had been additionally being given to vibrant firms to both develop or introduce new manufacturing traces.
“If we are saying we’re embarking on an industrial transformation agenda, if we are saying we wish to stimulate industrial progress, what sense will it make if we permit struggling current firms to break down and say that we’re supporting solely greenfield tasks? Why do not we lengthen comparable help to those struggling firms for them to get again on their toes in order that we’re in a position to maintain the livelihoods of the Ghanaians who’ve been employed there in addition to enhance their capability to recruit much more?” the Minister requested.
The Commerce Minister’s media engagement was on the again of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s tour of Darko Farms as a part of the President’s go to to the Ashanti area.
Mr Kyerematen mentioned Darko Farms was a testomony of the knowledge of the President in extending the incentives of the programme to distressed however doubtlessly viable tasks.
Darko Farms and Firm Restricted is the oldest personal and largest poultry farm established in 1967 with most of its operations situated in Akropong within the Atwima Nwabiagya District of the Ashanti Area.
It was a family title for many Ghanaians for the manufacturing and sale of recent healthful and high quality rooster and dominated most supermarkets and distribution retailers for recent rooster in Kumasi and Accra.
The Firm, nevertheless, went via a interval of decline attributable to main challenges confronting the home poultry business, together with the excessive value of feed, excessive value of borrowing, inefficiencies throughout the worth chain, excessive electrical energy and operational value, administration and governance points in addition to low cost imports.
As a part of Authorities’s industrialisation programme, the Firm was recognized as viable however distressed and regarded below the 1D1F programme in 2017.
It obtained the help of GHc 22.1 Million (out of the 39 million cedis which was initially requested ) mortgage facility granted by Ghana EXIM Financial institution as a stimulus package deal to revamp operations.
The cash is predicted to assist enhance the worth chain of the operations, improve, retool the hatchery, feed mill, processing facility, pay excellent employees’ salaries and statutory obligations.
The 1D1F help contains serving to set up out-grower schemes and the availability of technical help for free of charge to the Firm.
Darko Farms has a processing plant working at 10,000 birds per day with one shift and 20,000 birds per day with two shifts and has re-tooled all its business farms to convey them as much as worldwide requirements and elevated day-old chicks and feed mill manufacturing to produce out-growers.
It has a hatchery with a capability to provide 6 million day-old chicks a yr, breeder farms with a chook inhabitants capability of about 30,000 per batch, layer farms with a capability of 100,000 per batch.
It additionally has business broiler farms with a capability of 350,000 per cycle of 8 weeks, a feed mill with an put in capability of 96 tons of feed per day, a storage chilly room of 500 tons and a corn farmland of 1,250 acres at Ejura.
Darko Farms is at the moment implementing an out-grower scheme the place farmers are equipped with broiler chicks, feed in addition to applicable help to breed the birds, that are bought at maturity by the Farms for processing on a contractual foundation.
At present, the Firm has employed 250 employees straight and greater than 300 not directly consisting of out-growers, distributors and transporters.
At full operation, it’s anticipated to straight make use of greater than 400 employees for its operations, with 500 oblique employment via out-growers scheme, transporters, packaging and dealing with, and gross sales retailers.
The Firm is engaged with the Mohihani Group, the most important native provider of processed rooster for Kentucky Fried Hen (KFC) and different large gamers within the meals business.
KFC, via its native provider, has indicated its preparedness to off-take 100,000 birds month-to-month from Darko Farms below licensed circumstances.
The Firm additionally has gross sales retailers in Accra and Kumasi and intends to open extra gross sales retailers in all regional capitals.
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