President of Groupe Nduom (GN), Paa Kwesi Nduom has formally inaugurated the new rice mill he built in Worawora in Volta Region. The Worawora Rice Mill which forms part of Nduom’s vision of alleviating the poverty and sufferings of Ghanaian farmers will make production of the Edwumawura Rice a possibility.
The ceremony was held on Tuesday, the 2nd of November at the premises of the new Worawora Rice Mill. The grande occasion was graced by several Agricultural Officers, chiefs and farmers.
Yvonne, Nduom’s wife in the company of her husband, a priest and some traditional rulers declared the factory open.
Reports reveal that about 5,000 farmers and other workers will be employed to feed (and work at) the farm. It is also expected that not less than 20,000 people will be direct or indirect beneficiaries of the rice factory.
Managing Director at Ghana Growth Fund Company (GGFC,) the investing arm of GN, Kwame Asomaning, in a welcome address indicated that, Groupe Nduom has plans of expanding to other parts of the sub-region since it is a major stakeholder in the factory.
He indicated that, the factory will provide employment and support for local farmers in the Volta and Northern regions. Mr. Asomaning explained that it is much healthier to buy and consume the Edwumawura Rice which takes only a fortnight after harvest to be ready on the market, other than the foreign rice which have possibly stayed up to 10 years.
Speaking further, the GGFC Managing Directed lamented over what he described as ‘unsound economics’ whereby government spends as much as $1.2 billion on rice importation annually while it goes back to borrow $940 million from IMF.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Nduom pointed out that the inauguration of the mill marks a great day for Worawora and the entire Ghana. According to him, the Worawora Rice Mill will make the town more popular in the country, adding that GN is part of the Volta Region as other companies in the groupe are well known in the region, with their key managers being indigenes.
Dr. Nduom expressed his confidence in Voltarians whom he described as hardworking people having expertise in their various fields of endeavour. According to Nduom, they will make the Mill work.
Speaking further, Paa Kwesi Nduom also lamented the great amount spent by Ghana on rice importation which according to him, contribute to development and job creation in those countries (America, Vietnam, Thailand, China, India, etc).
He therefore urged other investors to emulate his example so that in about five years time, rice importation will be a thing of the past. This according to him will make the importation money to “stay in Ghana for roads, hospitals, schools and in the pockets of farmers”.
Dr Nduom also encouraged the workers to take their work seriously. He encouraged people to invest in the sector as farmers will be readily paid for their produce in addition with life insurance packages.
Also speaking at the event, former President of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and owner of Afariwa Farms, Nana Owusu Afari, said that the day marks the beginning of wealth creation for rice farmers in the area as the new investors are going to build the capacity of rice farmers. According to him, Ghana has all the resources to create wealth which can make the people to become self-sufficient with little or no need for state interventions.
Dr. Kwesi Nduom, has always believed that the country can only develop if leadership in government and business help citizens to produce the best quality of locally made goods that have an edge over foreign goods when it comes to market competition.
He has therefore decided to continue practising what he preaches by establishing the Worawora Rice Mill which he believes will reduce poverty through the engagement of rice farmers, farm assistants and other necessary workers in the production areas and beyond.
See photos of the magnificent Worawora Rice Mill below. As I said earlier, it is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!