Over 500 farmers from 8 communities in the Yendi Municipality have signed on to a petition demanding that the government fast-tracks the process of the area’s one district one factory.
They want the government to stick to the earlier company “Alafei Foods Made in Ghana Limited” it selected among many proposals for the Yendi ID-1F, which is to be set up at Zugu in the municipality.
The angry farmers appealed to the president to intervene by ordering the Ministry of Women, Gender, children and social protection to issue a letter of intent to Alafei Foods Made in Ghana Limited without any further delay.
Mr Adam B. Fuseini, a former assemblyman for Gbungbaliga electoral area and the Yendi constituency organizer of the governing New Patriotic Party told Zaa News the continued delay of the start of the project was worsening the unemployment situation in the area.
He said the $30 million factory when set up on time would also prevent young people from traveling to the south in search of non-existing jobs.
A farmer from Kpaligbeni community, Mr Matorwuri told Zaa News they (farmers) have worked with the Alafei Foods Made in Ghana and it has their full trust. "We can’t leave what we have hand in our hands," he said.
Mrs Kasoa Batori, a farmer said farmers in the area voted for the NPP in the last elections to improve their living conditions but their hopes were fast fading.
“Our children cannot further their education because of the low income from our farms; We voted for change of government and we expect the change in our lives. The president has to intervene now.”
According to the farmers, any attempt by government officials to change a different company other than Alafei foods Made in Ghana will be resisted.
The farmers agitations followed suspicions that government is bringing in a company from the Brong Ahafo region to supply the Ghana School Feeding program.
They are accusing the government of trying to deny them the opportunity to earn more through their farm produce. The farmers argued that the latest turn of events is an attempt to favour their counterparts in the south.