As far back as the late nineteenth century Governments across the world were resolved on industrialization as a pathway to economic development and job creation.
Muhammed Ali the Ottoman leader who ruled Egypt from 1805 to 1848 created various factories in Egypt in a bid to ensure economic independence.
After Muhammed Ali died, the Egyptian population was not as educated and dexterous to man those factories.
As a result, all these factories collapsed.
This means that the basis for an industrial take-off for every nation is an educated and skilled population.
Thankfully here in Ghana, the last five years have seen the provision of free basic education and free technical and vocational education as well.
The corollary is that the population is ready and poised to occupy various industries.
Industrialization goes hand in hand with value addition and that is what Mr. Alan Kyerematen has emphasized over the period.
A country that exports raw materials like Ghana has done over the period is as poor as a country less endowed with natural resources.
Mr. Alan Kyerematen has led the way in processing our raw materials and agrarian products so that they are brought on the domestic market as products of worth and exported into other markets as products that meet world standards.
Casa De Ropa factory in Gomoa Bewadze is no different.
It has turned out to be one of the most innovative food processing companies in Ghana.
Ghana currently imports $400 million of refined sugar and Casa De Ropa through industrialization is on the right path to reverse this trend by processing the Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes from the Central Region of Ghana.
Under the current Trade Minister and with Cabinet support, we are seeing the processing of potatoes into chips, bread, cake, pastries, and so on for the domestic market and export.
The $ 14 million state of the art factory has created jobs for the skilled and educated populace in Gomoa Bewadze who benefited from free SHS, has promoted value addition, and has enhanced the foreign exchange earnings of Ghana.
The factory since it's commencement has created hundreds of direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs especially for rural women.
Women make up more than 80 percent of the factories workforce.
Women have also been supported to plant the sweet potato variant for the factory to process and are generating decent income in this regard.
Sustainable Base of Raw Materials :
The company has effectively combined technology and innovation to ensure that the thousands of acres of land that produced the local sweet potatoes called the Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato.
These local sweet potatoes are available from the farms cultivated by the factory and other employed rural folks to ensure that there’s a sustainable raw material all year round.
Significantly, the company seeks to support job creation for unemployed graduates through it's Casa Youth Farmpreneurs.
The graduates are grouped and trained to be able to replicate the Casa De Ropa potato processing model nationwide.
Industrialization is the directional path to economic success and the trade behemoth, Alan Kyeremanten is a bastion on industrialization based on his track record.
Casa De Ropa is a classical example of the great industrialization model that will establish the “Made in Ghana” vision and transform the economy for all Ghanaians.
Source: Robert Ohene || [email protected]
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