The delegation at Yoo Naa’s Palace
A five member delegation from Omnicane Investments from Mauritius is in the Northern Region on a follow- up visit to conduct assessment on the establishment of a sugar cane plantation and factory at Dipale in Savelugu-Nanton District.
The delegation, led by Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Omnicane Group and board member of several sugar-sector institutions in Mauritius, Jacques M. d’Unienville, was conducted round by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Haruna Iddrisu.
Mr M. d’Unienville stated that ‘we are in the country at the instance of the President John Mahama who later last year visited our industry in Mauritius and urged us to establish a similar one in Ghana to boost the sugar industry.’
He disclosed that a lot of work needed to be done on the project site in the interim to ascertain the viability of the project including sources of regular water supply, clearing of land as well as establishment of the factory.
The benefits of the project, he stated, would be beneficial to the people within the locality as it would provide nutrients for the soil, energy and fuel as well as enriching the soil nutrients for other agricultural purposes.
The leader of the group however appealed to residents not to be overly excited over plans to establish the project in the area since many resources would be committed into it in order for them to reap the future benefits of creating jobs for those who would be employed by the company.
The Trade and Industry Minister who was overwhelmed by the visit by the team, expressed hope in the success of the project taking into account the interim assessment which had proved that the soil was fertile for the plantation.
He said their interest in investing in sugar in the country was in line with the President’s vision of the country’s quest to bounce back in sugar production, indicating that he was convinced the project if successful would make the country net producer and exporter of sugar in Africa.
According to him, the company had announced its plans of cultivating about 30,000 hectares of sugar cane to feed the industry which would produce sugar in large quantities for domestic consumption and export.
He disclosed that the country presently spends about $173 million per annum in importing sugar, the more reason why the President is interested in making the country a producing state rather than a consuming one.
Yoo Naa Abubakari VII, Paramount Chief of Savelugu, on his part thanked the group for taking interest in investing in the area and promised to release the required tracks of land to them for plantation.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale
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