Akufo-Addo opens $16m Tomato Factory


President Akufo-Addo yesterday commissioned a $16 million tomato preparing production line at Domfete in the Berekum West District of the Bono Region.

The factory, called Weddi Africa Tomato Processing Factory, is important for the One District One Factory (1D1F) drive that the Akufo-Addo-drove NPP government has initiated to industrialize the country.

The government, through Ghana Exim Bank and ADB Bank Ghana, worked with the procurement ministry to help the foundation and activities of the production line possessed by Weddi Africa Limited, a completely claimed Ghanaian organization.

As indicated by President Akufo-Addo, the establishment of the processing plant is an illustration of the basic job the private area can play in Ghana’s modern change.

He said that the setting up of the assembling office, outside the customary spaces of Accra, Tema and Takoradi, highlights the responsibility of the public authority to decentralize modern turn of events and, consequently, animate financial movement in the provincial regions.

He said Domfete was picked for the siting of the processing plant in light because the town turns out to be one of the significant catchment regions for the development of tomatoes, and will help in diminishing rural-urban migration.

The plant will deal for certain 40,000 metric huge loads of new tomatoes per annum, and furthermore has a 500 metric tons cold room office to store new tomato natural products.

Moreover, a model homestead and examination focus to direct seed preliminaries and train ranchers on best ranch rehearses, just as an agric-input shop to supply contributions to the ranchers at moderate costs, have been set up by the organization.

This, the organization clarifies, will help the productivity of the plant and further develop pay levels for the ranchers connected with by the organization.

There is additionally a 2,400-section of land farmland, as core ranch, set up by Weddi Africa, with the organization likewise leading the foundation of a Tomato Outgrower Farmers Association in Tano North and Berekum West areas, with 2,000 enlisted ranchers from Ahafo and Bono districts.

These 2,000 ranchers are on time to get seeds, manures, different data sources, and specialized administrations from the important MDAs and the public authority upheld instruments have been set up to offer the imperative help administrations to guarantee the productivity and manageability of the manufacturing plant.

The processing plant has so far made 158 direct positions with 2,100 backhanded open positions likewise made for individuals of Berekum West District and encompassing networks.

Government, President Akufo-Addo guaranteed, is focused on supporting private area administrators like Weddi Africa Limited to situate themselves to turn out to be worldwide cutthroat, and, consequently, exploit market coordination structures, for example, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), whose Secretariat has been set up in Accra.

In fact, the Ministry of Trade and Industry as a team with important MDAs, has set up an institutional system to offer key help and help to the nearby private area working at the locale level.

This is concerning the foundation of Business Resource Centers as one-stop venture support focuses in 67 areas the nation over, 37 of which have effectively initiated tasks and 30 are under development.

The President complimented the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), West Africa Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI), Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and different partners for the help they have given to the organization.

He additionally recognized the Chief Executive Officer of Weddi Africa Limited, Mr. Yaw Boahene and his group, for building up a particularly present day fabricating office in Domfete close to Berekum in the Bono Region, on the side of the public authority’s Industrial Transformation Agenda.


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