IMPORTANCE OF 1D1F
When the government, under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, first announced that it was going to promote a programme known as One District One Factory (1D1F), a section of the public felt that this was not going to achieve anything.
On the contrary, the 1D1F programme has proved successful and is being undertaken in various parts of the country.
The President recently returned from the Northern part of the country where he inaugurated tomato and watermelon factories under the 1D1F.
Apart from the North, other parts of the country are also experiencing the positive impact of 1D1F.
Under the programme, a $16 million-tomato factory has been inaugurated by the President in the Berekum West District of the Bono Region.
Government, through Ghana EXIM Bank and Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), facilitated the acquisition of the loan facility to support the establishment and operations of the factory concerned which is owned by Weddi Africa Limited.
The good news is that the company is a wholly-owned Ghanaian entity. The 1D1F is, therefore, a reality and thereby helping to transform the economy of Ghana.
More of the factories under the 1D1F programme are needed in the country to maximise the benefits it can unleash for the economic growth of the country.
The tomato factory in Bono Region, for example, will process some 40,000 metric tonnes of fresh tomatoes per annum and will have also a 500 metric-tonne cold room to store fresh tomato fruits.
This, together with other benefits, such as employment of the youth in the area will help to transform the economic fortunes of the country.
For this reason, people must sit up and render their support to the government in uplifting the economic integrity of Ghanaians.
This is the only way economic development can be realised or put on a higher pedestal.