A cassava processing factory will be set up in the Wassa East District under government’s One District One Factory initiative.
The choice of cassava was what the District Chief Executive Wilson Arthur and the assembly, traditional leaders and residents agreed on after a series of consultations.
The choice was easier due to the abundance of cassava in the district which is one cardinal requirement that will ensure there is always raw material to feed the factory.
Speaking at the district’s 33rd farmer’s celebration at Ekutuase the DCE added two other produce, palm oil and cocoa have also been selected.
Mr. Arthur hinted palm oil production will receive a major boast when the Plantation Socfinaf Ghana Limited (PSG), a rubber and oil Plantations Company in the district finishes setting up its palm fruit processing mill.
He observed that “for agriculture to benefit farmers and the nation at large, we need to add value to our agriculture produce that is why government has initiated the policy of district center for agriculture commence and technology initiative and one district one factory… so our major product for one district one factory is cassava. We are going to produce cassava starch and ethanol in Wassa East. We will also add value to oil palm here in Wassa East”.
The Wassa East Director of Agriculture Services explained awards given out are not done based on favoritism.
“We don’t award the best farmer out of a vacuum. We consider the size of the farm, look at the kind of farming method the farmer is using either traditional or advanced. We prefer the traditional method because we have realized that it increases yield.”
“We also consider how you as a farmer your activities have impacted on the community you find yourself in”.
The best farmer was 27 year old resident of Dompim No 1 who has been farming for the past two years.