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The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah, has encouraged Ghanaians to patronize made in Ghana products in order to help strengthen the national economy and expand local industries. He equally made a special appeal to the business men in the country to partner with one another in acquisitions and merges to help their businesses grow faster. Dr. Garbrah made the appeal during a working visit to in the Brong-Ahafo Region. The early part of the Minister’s tour saw him visiting establishments in the Dormaa Central, Berekum Municipality and Tano North District. In Dormaa, he was at DK Ampofo Farms, Janack Industry, Light Industrial Area and the Gonokrom Boarder post. Cilak Chalk in Berekum was also visited, along with Tina J Enterprise at Duayaw Nkwanta in the Tano North. Dr. Garbrah explained that his tour is to enable him take stock of the various industries operating in the Region so that his Ministry could support them to get to the required standards. He interacted with some groups including the Dormaa Association of Garages, Small scale industries and Poultry farmers Association on how his ministry can help to strengthen their operations. The Poultry Farmers called on the Minister for help to acquire a meat processing plant, a veterinary laboratory and access to cheap credit. The Municipal Chief Executive for Dormaa Central (MCE), Gordon Kwaku Asubonteng revealed that there are over 300 poultry farmers in the Dormaa Municipality, employing about two thousand people and appealed to the Minister to as a matter of urgency support them with the necessary tools and equipment to enhance production. At the Gonokrom Boarder, the Chief Revenue Officer, of CEPS David Yilinan Binyam noted that there are 24 officers managing the station with inadequate arms and appealed to the Minister to assist them to get more staff and other logistics to enable them carry out their work diligently. Dr. Garbrah stressed that West Africa Nations need to strive to make the free movement of goods and services under the ECOWAS protocol move effective to make the more of the Boarder operations easier. He further commended the officers for their commitment toward duty. The Minster was also at a Crate Manufacturing Industry which has closed down due to destruction of their 800 thousand dollars machines during a fire outbreak. The CEO of the factory appealed for support to acquire new machines. At Berekum the Minister inspected the Cilak Chalk factory and pledged to support them. Dr. Garbrah’s final stop during the second day of his three day tour in Brong-Ahafo was at the Tina J Enterprise manufactures of Soap, palm oil and other products. The CEO, Adjei Fostina, presented a proposal to establish a learning centre in soap making to the minster. She revealed that, she started the soap and palm oil manufacturing, about 14 year and has gone through a lot of transformation to come to its present state.

Source:Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/

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