Addressing a meeting of Moslem clerics and chiefs of settler communities in Derma, in the Tano South constituency, whilst accompanying Nana Akufo-Addo on a visit to the constituency, Alan Kyerematen noted that the New Patriotic Party, under President John Agyekum Kufuor, had a vision of making oil palm a cash crop, and a major foreign exchange earner for the country.
To this end, 11,000 acres of oil palm were cultivated in four communities in the Tano South constituency – Derma, Ankaase, Ada and Sesekpo.
“This was an unprecedented feat by the NPP. If this government, as usual, had not played politics with it and continued with this initiative, all of you here, as oil palm farmers, would have been rich by now,” he said.
Again, with the people of Derma also engaged in the cultivation of tomatoes, Alan Kyerematen explained that, under the NPP government, the Pwalugu tomato factory was rehabilitated and equipped with modern, state-of-the-art equipment for the processing of tomatoes.
“This factory, located in the North, has collapsed under John Mahama. His government did not pay attention to this factory, which has the capacity of processing 25 truckloads of tomatoes every day. If the NPP had continued in office, the processing of tomatoes alone would have also made tomato farmers rich,” he added.
He, therefore, assured the gathering that the oil palm industry and the Pwalugu tomato factory will be all revived under the next NPP government, led by Nana Akufo-Addo.
“When the NPP came into office from 2001, we brought so many job opportunities for which the populations of Derma and Tano South were major beneficiaries. We will do it again under Nana Akufo-Addo,” he said, drawing a rousing round of applause from the packed Assemblies of God Church Hall in Derma.
He continued, “It is because of the change he wants to bring to the people of Ghana that is why he is contesting for the Presidency of this country. When he comes into office, he will revive all these businesses so that prosperity for all is achieved.”