North Tongu DCE Showcases Unique Business Opportunities To Create More Jobs For Unemployed Youths

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The District Chief Executive (DCE) for North Tongu District Assembly in the Volta Region, Mr. Osborn Divine Fenu,has showcased the steady progress the district is making with its sustainable used of the community- based environmental and natural resources to create more job and unique business opportunities and wealth for the people in the area.

Mr Fenu who is very passionate about the human development presented an outline of the deals to strategic and potential investors at the trade and investment fair in Ho Sport Stadium which was held on Tuesday November 23, 2021.

He showcased vast agriculture, aquaculture, service, commerce, tourism, industry, fishing, real estate development, agribusiness and investment business opportunities of the district to the investors and called on them to come and invest in these areas to bring more sustainable development to the district.

Mr Fenu noted that he has been currently touring the electoral areas within the district to engage with the people, to learn at first hand their pressing needs and concerns and to tell them what the government has been doing to make things better for them.

The DCE made this known when he was addressing the participants made of the Municipal District Chief Executives (MDCEs) in the Volta Region at the trade and investment fair held in Ho Sport Stadium on Tuesday November 23, 2021.

According to him,the district abounds in natural resources such as vast arable land for rice production and more, has the potential of becoming one of the productive and vibrant Districts in the Volta Region and Ghana as a whole with the necessary measures put in place to harness its full potential.

The DCE briefed the gathering about the major investment areas in the district, saying that source base and potentials in the district provide for a variety of production systems and economic activities.

He indicated that the district is mainly an agrarian economy, with the majority of the population engaged in crop farming, livestock keeping, fishing and other related trading activities.

According to him, the practice of ggriculture in the district is predominantly done at subsistence level which employs about 65 percent of the entire labour force.

“The district is well known in the region for the production of Rice, Cassava and maize.Other major tree and food crops produced in the district are mangoes, cashew, rice, sweet potatoes, yam, cassava, cowpea, groundnut and vegetables (including garden eggs, pepper, okro and water melon).

“Maize and cassava are the main staple foods and therefore grown by majority of farmers across the District. The livestock sector plays an important role in the lives of the people as the district is endowed with large livestock population of cattle, sheep, goats, poultry and others. About 30 percent of agricultural land available in the District is used by livestock farmers as pasture for animals,” he stated.

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He mentioned that the areas of the agricultural investment in the District are Prairie Volta Rice Rice in Aveyime
Musahamat Farm Banana, in Aveyime
Vergpro Maize Torgorme-Fodzoku
Anyako Farm Pepper Fodzoku Torgorme Fresh field Pepper Yaeweh
Quist Farm Mushroom in Aveyime
Market Center

He said the the major foodstuffs that are normally found in the market include: tomatoes, okro, plantain, cassava, among others and called on the investors to take this opportunity to markets their businesses in the district.

In the are annual festivals in the district, he said Agbadza, Atokoe, Awuna and Gadzo traditional dance forms exist in the district, which visitors (or tourists) could be treated to.

“Even more attractive is the fact that some of these dance forms are performed by all-women groups. Most of these tourist attractions are still in their raw state and require some amount of development.

“It should be added that specific areas under tourism, for example, the Dorfor and Volo Kome area, have access roads leading to the tourist sites, electricity supply and the construction of rest and relaxation spots at the various tourist sites, hotels and conference centres is ongoing.

“Battor, the district capital, is located within a very natural environment over- looking the Volta River and free from the hustle and bustle of city life, is an ideal place for anyone who wants a change of environment,” he noted.

The DCE stressed the need for the
investors can take the opportunity to markets their businesses during the various festival celebrations in Battor Hogbeza festival, Mepe Apenorto, etc since these festivities serve as another great investment destination in the district.

He indicated that the North Tongu District Assembly boasts of some Hotels with a couple of restaurants where tourists who wish to stay in the District can lodge for relaxation.

He added that the Royal Masito Palace Hotel at Mepe, Hotel Lenza at Juapong, Joy Beach Resort (Hotel and Restaurant) at Battor and Best Care Hotel at Battor are the hotels found in the District.

On the industrialization and investment Potential, the DCE told the gathering that the industrialization has become the bedrock for development in contemporary development theories thus making it a major development path for many countries and for that matter local development.

He said that the North Tongu District boasts of two main industries in the country and has the potential of becoming the industrial hub of the country if managed properly.

According to him, the Volta Star Textile factory in Juapong is one of the largest industries in the District who are into the production of textiles.

He explained that the refurbished factory is being operated as a joint partnership between the Government and U-Rich Limited, a Chinese textiles and garments giant.

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Currently, according to him, the company is employing 185 people including five management staff from China and at full capacity, the personnel would number 800.

He said the the factory is intended to serve as a market for locally grown cotton and accelerate the economic development of the district and the adjoining ones and help to resuscitate the nation’s textile industry.

He asserted that Praire Volta Limited, an American company which headquartered at Aveyime partnering Government to invest in rice production and processing.

He said the company business premises located in Aveyime with her farms located in some parts of the Districts.

This, according to Mr Fenu, offers more investment opportunities to other investors who intend to venture into rice production as the District abounds in favourable land for rice production.

He added that the Musahamat Farms Ghana Limited a subsidiary of Intishar Holding Company based in Kuwait is incorporated and duly registered under the laws of the Republic of Ghana, is a global corporation that produces and exports high-quality agricultural produce operating in a beautiful and agriculturally-rich city of Aveyime in the North Tongu District in the Volta Region of Ghana.

“Aveyime is known historically as a rice producing area, but also productive in many other agricultural products. Currently, Musahamat focuses on the growing and marketing of fresh Cavendish bananas, and also looking at producing sweet pineapple as well as mangoes in the future.The Company export Cavendish bananas to the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.,”he added.

He pointed out that the production operations are spread out across 1200+ hectares of prime farmland in Aveyime, adding that the farm has a world-class production facility, and can boast of quality and quantity of output.

He mentioned that the production and packaging facilities at each of the farms are first-rate and meet the global standards and requirements for quality, speed of packaging, as well as for internationally-accepted methods in workplace safety.

He disclosed that the fine unexploited aggregates can also be found at Kpeyibor enclave in the North Tongu District.

Currently, he said there is on-going granite extraction at Mafi-Luta enclave to support the protection of the shorelines of the Ada Songor Salt Project currently being undertaken by Electrochem Ghana limited which the Government of Ghana granted the rights to mine and produce salt at the Songor Salt base in Sege, Ada adding that the granite extraction can support the construction industry.

He noted that the Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Projects (KLBIP) is located on the left bank of the Volta River downstream of the Kpong Hydroelectric Dam at Akuse, saying that administratively, it falls within the North Tongu District of the Volta Region.

He said that project area, was acquired by the Government of Ghana through an Executive Instrument, EI 162 in 1975. Geographically, it lies between latitudes 6o 09’ north, and longitudes 0o07’ East and 0o13’ East which administratively, it falls within the jurisdiction of the North Tongu District of the Volta Region.

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He asserted that the establishment of a good water transport system to support in transportation of people.

He mentioned further that the aquaculture project to rear tilapia to meet ever increasing demand in the District, Accra and other capitals around Ghana.

He said that an initial feasibility study conducted identified four (4) major locations out of the lot as suitable for such projects: Battor, Mepe, Aveyime, Titikope.

He indicated that the establishment of Agricultural Mechanisation Center
Existence of arable vast land for Commercial Farming of rice, sugarcane, cassava and maize.

Mr Fenu noted that sand weaning has become a major economic activity in the district and serving as a major source of revenue for the District.

He stressed that this is done along the banks of the River Volta using sand dredging machines that dredge Fine River sand from the river which deepen the depth of the river which is a remedy to displacement of people during heavy down pour because it allowed the river to accommodate more water.

According to him, this sand serves as raw materials for various industries in Ghana; and patrons come from all over the Southern Belt to purchase these sands.

“In as much as sand weaning contribute much to the Assembly’s internal generated fund, it also causes displacement of aquatic animals and also create holes in the river which becomes dangerous to individuals who uses the water.

On the oyster shells, he said large deposits of calms shells used for paint, animal feed among others are found in several areas of the District, notably at Battor, Mepe, Volo, Dorfor – Gborkpo, Afaode, and Alabo.

He mentioned that deposits of feldspar (sum of alkali and alumina units) suitable for glaze manufacture are found at Dorfor London.

He noted that the deposits of this mineral suitable for glass, ceramic and porcelain wares are also found at Dorfor and Ogoli, saying that tests are however required to establish a process of obtaining good quality material for industrial use.

He pointed out that good quality river sand for the construction industry is found all over the District. Biggest deposits are however located at Battor, Aveyime, Mepe, Torgorme and Fodzoku.

However, the DCE asserted that the exploitation of sand along the Volta River is being controlled to prevent the degradation of the river and along the river.

Pix: Mr. Osborn Divine Fenu, District Chief Executive for North Tongu District Assembly

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