The impact of manufacturing on rural economies: the case of the Wenchi factory

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In an attempt to develop, developing countries sought a rapid structural and institutional transformation of their entire economies which would brine the fruits of economic progress to the broadest segments of their populations. The “Industrialization” option was chosen as sine qua non for economic development. It was felt that a manufacturing strategy would provide jobs, raise productivity and income level and hence increase standards of living by increasing consumption and improving upon health needs of the people. To achieve this government participated directly or indirectly in establishing manufacturing ventures especially through Deve1opnnt Planning. In fact serious manufacturing development Ghana was initiated through the 7-year Development Plan of 1962/63-1969fl0. The Wenchi Tomato Factory was one of the many such industries envisaged by the plan. It is over 15 years now since most of these industries were established and it is felt that there is the need for a study to determine the impacts or otherwise such ventures are making to local economies. The study itself began in 1982; D to the taxing data requirement it could not be completed in December 1982. It was to be completed in January 1983. Unfortunately, the author developed liver abscess and. was confined in hospital until May 1983 when the Universities were already closed. Even though the study is based on data collected in 1982, the conclusions are valid for 1984.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Master of Science in Regional Planning, 1984