Farmers in Gyankobaa, a farming community in the Atwima Nwabiagya district of the Ashanti Region have called on the government to consider reviving a defunct ginger factory of 40 years.
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The TV3 news report has it that the local farmers have appealed to the government to revive the ginger factory set up in the area as far back as 1975 to mill ginger but shut down due to lack of electricity to power its plant.
The community of 2,000 inhabitants has ginger farming as the mainstay and are said to have 3,000 acres of land under cultivation with an estimated 1,500 individuals engaged in it.
Farmers are faced with the perennial challenge of not accessing markets to get value for their produce and therefore have no option than to sell their ginger directly to traders because a ginger processing factory established in 1975 to support their farming activities has collapsed.
The Agricultural Development Bank facilitated the setting up of the ginger drying and milling plant in Gyankobaa to assist the farmers.
Charles Henry-Poku, the assemblyman for Gyankobaa-Wiawso electoral area told the news men that reviving the factory would create jobs for the people in the area, especially the youth.
Meanwhile, Nana Asare Bediako, the Atwima Nwabiagya district chief executive says the government was considering a Public-Private Partnership arrangement to revive the factory.