June 6, 2018

Straw industry capable of employing much more – Gambila

“With feats chocked so far, state agencies such as the Ghana Export Promotion Authority in most recent times has greatly achieved a lot in the past few months, this notwithstanding, there still need to be more pragmatic efforts aimed at resuscitating sectors of productions, of various services and products”.

This is according to Hon Boniface Adagbila Gambila, a former Upper East Regional Minister and former Member of Parliament for Nabdam Constituency.

Mr Boniface Gambila, an advocate for industrialisation at local levels, to meet demands of markets, and a human resource expert, made the statement today, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 when he received some officers of the GEPA at his Tanzui residence of Bolgatanga.

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), is organising a five-day training program for weavers and artisans of straw, of the handicraft industry, to help equip the skill and packaging strengths of producers in the straw value chains, to improve exports values from straw and other artifacts of the handicraft industry.

As part of the training, heads of straw associations and producers at various levels of the straw value chain are being mobilised by GEPA, to reposition the straw industry, and the Upper East Region, as the hub for straw products and other artifacts of the handicraft industry.

Mr Gambila said, “The Upper East is the hub for handicraft products such as drums, straw products and leather products…and any effort placing the development of the industry on a higher poriority, is highly welcomed.”

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), through EDIF (now Exim Bank), has over the years enhanced efforts aimed at developing the straw industry, through the establishment of training centres across the Upper East Region. Aside Sumbrungu, there exist eleven (11) extra training centre in the region.

These among others, the Former Upper East Regional Minister is very positive, with current atmosphere of political will of the Nana Akuffo Addo-Dr Bawumia government, and with relevant technology, the nation Ghana can increase productions under Planting for Food and Jobs, One District One Factory, among other initiatives of the government, to feed citizens and for export to other countries and continents.

Currently, straws are grown in the Brong Ahafo and Ashanti Regions. This, hinders productivity. In the backdrop of that, the former Nabdam MP advocated for logistical and technical support to farmers in the region, to grow the straw locally in the Upper East Region, in order to enhance readily availability of the straws for producers to have easy access to the raw material.

He called on various stakeholders of ministries and agencies to reposition themselves, for relevant changes which are requisite requirements of competitive markets around the globe.

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