Asankare (Ash), Mar 06, GNA – Construction work has started on a pig factory at Asankare in the Asante-Akim South Municipality – a project that is expected to provide at least 200 people with direct employment.
An estimated 5,000 others would also be engaged on various pig farms set up by the company and individual farmers to supply about 2,000 pigs to the factory, everyday.
It would be slaughtering 1,000 pigs each day for processing into sausages, ham and bacon, on completion.
The project is being undertaken by a private investor with support from the municipal assembly.
Mr. Simon Osei Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, has inspected the progress of work and expressed satisfaction with what he saw.
He said he found it refreshing that it was going to create direct and indirect jobs for the youth.
He added that the project tied in with government's goal of creating jobs and wealth through industrialization.
He underlined their determination to ensure that there was a business-friendly environment to enable the private sector to thrive.
Mr. Alexander Frimpong, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), said the assembly had approached the investor to establish the factory in the area as part of the one-district one-factory (1D1F) policy.
It did not only assist in the acquisition of the land but had been providing all the needed support for the smooth implementation of the project.
Mr. Frimpong said more investors had expressed interest in establishing businesses in the municipality.