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Business News of Sunday, 12 April 2015

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Palm oil producers to get processing plant

A sod-cutting ceremony has been performed at Onwane in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District of the Central Region for the construction of a facility to house a palm oil processing plant.

The project is being financed by the German government in collaboration with the African Union in Ostfriesland, Germany, the Centre for International Migration (CIM), the German Development Agency (GIZ) and Women and Youth Development Association Ghana, a local Ghanaian partner.

The project also includes the provision of a mechanised borehole with a standby water tank, provision of modern equipment for the palm oil producers as well as the rehabilitation of the sheds of the women who are into palm oil production.

The Chairman of the African Union in Ostfriesland, Germany, Mr Abdou Ouedraogo, said the project was to encourage more women and the youth to go into palm oil production to help reduce unemployment in the district.

He expressed the hope that the plant would reduce the production time as well as help produce quality palm oil for the market.

He commended the German government for the support which would help to alleviate poverty in the country.

The Executive Director of Women and Youth Development Association, Ghana, Alhaji Osman Moro Fukuyama, said the new plant would go a long way to create jobs for the people in the area.

He noted that women needed to be empowered in their fields of work in order to lead decent lives in the society.

He urged the women to be committed to the palm oil business since it was the surest way to improve their living conditions.

Mr George Lapson Nsarko, the former assembly member for the area, commended the African Union and its partners in Germany for the project as it would encourage a lot of people to go into palm oil production.

He called on all stakeholders to ensure that there was ready market for the palm oil.