Vitamin A Gari Production In Ghana
Published on June 10, 2016 um 17:38
Explain your idea in details:
Gari produced from white cassava has become staple food in Ghana and more than one hundred and fifty million people worldwide use it as their daily meals. The cheapest food used by students in Ghana is gari provided they get sugar and shitor in addition. Boarding houses , hotels, restaurants, etc. use it in preparing meals. I have realized that, too much consumption of white gari courses blindness in future. Students are future leaders of our country. If white gari which is the cheapest food actually courses blindness, something serious must be done about it to change this situation for the better. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. It also helps the heart, lungs, kidney and other organs work properly. I have therefore realized that, if the vitamin A is fortified with white gari, as iodine is done to salt to become iodated salt, its consumption will no more course blindness. I am therefore creating awareness in people and educating them on these issues. I am also pulling up resources to establish a factory where mass production of Vitamin A gari will take place to feed boarding schools, hotels, restaurants, public markets, through out the country and even enter into the export trade. Hygienic Vitamin A gari which will be produced from my factory, will be put into different sizes of rubber sachets and well sealed after grading them. Name of the product, production date, expiry date, weight, etc. will be shown on each of the sachets. There is also another type of cassava which is naturally yellow. Yellow cassava is naturally rich in Vitamin A so, there is no need to mix gari produced from yellow cassava with anything.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
1. It will encourage cassava farmers to do their farming more since there will be ready market for their farm produce. 2. there is high rate of youth unemployment in Ghana. Many youth will also enter into the cassava farming business since they know there is is a factory to buy their farm produce. 3. It will be exported to earn foreign exchange for the country. 4. Gari produced under hygienic condition will now be graded and put into sealed rubber sachets and displayed in various market and leading stores all over the country. This will lead to an increase in gari consumption. 5. There will be no blindness anymore when gari fortified with vitamin A is consumed. 6. Africa is a place where levels of vitamin A deficiency among young children and pregnant women are the highest in the world and according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 vitamin A deficient children become blind annually with half of them dying within 12 months of loosing their sight. And in pregnant women vitamin A deficiency courses night blindness and may increase the risk of maternal mortality. Proper breast feeding of babies, regular consumption of foods which are rich in vitamin A and food fortification( as we are now doing it for gari) are the right measures to prevent vitamin A deficiency.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
1. I will establish gari factory where gari fortified with vitamin A will be produced.
2. Before the factory is established, I will educate the public and create awareness in them about my plans and products.
3.For mass production to take place, mechanized system of production will be used.
4. Even though the factory will have its own cassava farm, I will also give loans to cassava farmers to undertake the farming so that my factory buys their farm produce.
5. Part of the outcome from the work will be reinvested into the work to make it sustainable.
6. Ghana is agricultural country. I will collaborate with government agencies which give out loans and grants for agribusinesses and NGO's in this field. I will also collaborate with Ghana Export Promotion Center for advice and assistance in entering the export trade. The Association of African Entrepreneurs will not be excluded.
7 I will establish it as limited liability company. Since members are many, my death or whatsoever happens on me will not bring an end to the company. Even if it happens that the company collapse, none of the members personal belonging will be used to pay for the debt of the company.
I am Rejoice Etornam Foli aged 25 from Akome Gbogame in the Ho West District of the Volta Region of Ghana. I had my basic education at Akome and Kpedze after which I proceeded to EP Church Mawuko Girls Senior High School at Ho. I then enrolled at IPMC college of technology at East Legon in Accra where I am pursuing my advance diploma course in Data Base technology which will qualify me to become an expert in data base. I am the founder and head of First Women's Driving Academy (FiwDA) from January 2015 to date and also worked as an administrator of ATTC Driving School. I am a member of Young African Leaders Initiative, YALI, Network and Rotary Club International.
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