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The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah has paid a working visit to industries in Sunyani, Chiraa and Techiman in the Brong-Ahafo Region to familiarize himself with their operations and to assess how best government can support and promote them. Some of the Industries the Minster visited include Africa Global Pharma, EKA Food processing Company Limited, St Baasa Ghana Limited as well as Ghana Nut Company Limited. Dr Garbrah used the opportunity to encouraged them to collaborate and partner with each other to promote their operations. He said plans are at hand to promote the patronage of made in Ghana products and urged local industries to be ready to support the drive with the production of quality goods. At Africa Global Pharma, the only pharmaceutical manufacturing firm in Brong-Ahafo, the Quality Control Manager, Victor Tornyie, briefed the Minister that the firm which was established in 2009 is in partnership with the Catholic Dioceses of Sunyani and supplies about 35 Catholic hospitals and 19 Clinics with drugs, while distributing the rest on the open market. Mr. Tornyie mentioned financial accessibility and high electricity consumption as some of the challenges facing them and called on the Minister to assist them to get support from EDAIF. The Minister also visited EKA Food Processing Company Limited at Abesim, which produces a range of powdered vegetables and spices. On the last leg of his just ended three day working visit to Brong Ahafo, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah has visited St Baasa Ghana Limited at Chiraa and the Ghana Nut Company Limited in Techiman. At St Baasa Ghana Limited, a Director, Constance Frimpong, revealed to the Minister that there are over thousand farmers supplying them with cassava for their production. Some of the products include fresh canned palm nut, mushroom in brine and okra in brine. They also produce gari and remarkably use the waste from cassava to produce mushrooms. She noted that transportation is one of the major challenges facing the company. At Techiman where, the minister was at Ghana Nut Company Limited, the CEO of the Company, Obed Asante, briefed the Minister about the company. It is an Agro Processing Company, established in 2001with six products, saying they produced soya oil, Shea butter and poultry feed. He said the company source its shea nut from Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions. He appealed to the Minister to assist them get Access EDAIF facility to help them up-grade their operations. In a chat after the tour, Dr, Garbrah said he had been greatly impressed with the companies that he visited in the region, indicating that Brong-Ahafo region and other regions have shown that Ghana has an incredible potential for developing the country’s economy. He emphasized the need for small companies or business men to collaborate with one another to in merges, for instance since it is better to own 30 per cent share in a 100 million cedi Company than be the sole proprietor of a one million cedi Company. Dr. Gabrah also noted that some businesses, especially the Poultry farmers, had not been registered. He therefore urged all entrepreneurs to register their ventures as it could facilitate support from government

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

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