Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a leading waste management firm says it is ready to venture into large scale agriculture production to support efforts for national food sufficiency.
The company’s agriculture project, which would be undertaken nationwide on large farmlands, is expected to provide employment to thousands of Ghanaian youths across the country.
A large range of food crops would be produced on the farms in addition to poultry and livestock production.
Samuel Opoku Manu, Manager of Zoil Services Limited, a subsidiary of waste management company, who disclosed these Zoomlion’s midyear review meeting with the media in Accra on Thursday, said the company was collaborating with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other related agencies on the agriculture project.
He said the management of Zoomlion was currently working out the modalities for the project with the sector Ministry for its successful take off.
He could not say when the project is taking off, but said it would be soon.
The agriculture production unit would be Zoomlion’s fifth project after the setting up of the Eco-Brigade to manage sanitation along the country’s beaches, the Volta Lake Transport Enhancement programme that is promoting safe lake transportation, the National Afforestation Programme aimed at improving Ghana’s forest cover and the National Malaria Control Programme, all managed by Zoil Services Limited.
More than 24,000 Ghanaians have been employed by Zoomlion and its subsidiary projects.
“We are committed to supporting national initiatives for food safety and national development,” said Mr. Opoku Manu.
Lawrence Laryea, acting General Manager of Zoomlion, in his address, expressed appreciation to the government and other partners for their support and cooperation which have contributed the progress of the company in the areas of sanitation management.
He said the problem of sanitation in Ghana is multifaceted, but noted that sanitation management has witnessed a considerable improvement with the intervention of the company.
“The challenges of environmental sanitation are so daunting that we appreciate the partnership with the government and other stakeholders in effectively addressing this problem,” he stated.
Isabella Gyau, Public Affairs Manager of the company, giving an overview of the performance of Zoomlion since its inception in 2006, said the firm was achieving thriving to contribute to ensuring clean cities, towns and communities in Ghana .
Currently, she said they were distributing free refuse bins to household in the company’s zones of operation to make the disposal of waste more affordable and easier.
In addition, she said the company has introduced the mini-waste trucks, christened “Bola Taxi,” to enhance the waste collection process.
Apart from its operations in Ghana, she noted that they were also making inroads in Angola, Benin and Zambia in with the company’s contribution towards improving environmental and waste management in those countries.
Zoomlion, she said, was committed to its mission of remaining at the forefront of the environmental sanitation services industry through the introduction and utilization of simple but modern technologies and methods of waste management at affordable rates.