Ekumfi Pineapple Factory Starts Soon

The Ekumfi Pineapple
Processing Factory will commence full scale operation within six weeks, with
the production of fresh pineapple juice on to the Ghanaian market.

Director of the Factory,
Fredrick Kobbynah Acquah, in an interaction with a delegation from the Ghana
Export-Import Bank (GEXIM), led by its Board Chairman, Kwadwo Boateng Genfi,
announced that management of the factory had given itself up to six weeks to
start full production so that by Christmas, Ghanaians will enjoy fresh
pineapple juice grown and made in Ghana.

Speaking on the fruit juice,
Mr. Acquah said: “We are presenting to the market fruit juice that is raw –
that is, fruit juice without additives.

“We are also looking at
pineapple and its mixes such as pineapple with ginger, passion fruit,
watermelon and citrus,” adding that, the beverages have a longer life span.

The construction of the
factory is one of the very first projects for which President Akufo-Addo cut
sod under government’s flagship ‘One District, One Factory (1D1F)’ programme in
August 2017.

All necessary machinery for
work at the factory has been fully installed and is estimated to create 5000
direct out grower jobs within the community and its environs to augment efforts
to alleviate poverty.

Mr. Acquah also noted that the
designing and construction of the factory with the installation of the
machinery were done by Ghanaian engineers, adding also that they are in the
process of training more indigenous engineers to run it.

The facility has the capacity to
process 10 tonnes per hour of fruit juice which are centered on raw materials.

Currently, the factory has 19
sites with 400 shared-growers in communities including Ekumfi Nanaben, Narkwa,
Abor and Eyisam.

On Friday, October 4, a team
from GEXIM bank, financiers of the project visited the factory to inspect
progress of work.

Also part of the GEXIM team
were Nana Dr. Apiagyei Dankawoso I, Chairman of the bank’s Risk, Credit and
Investment Committee and Lawrence Agyinsam, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

GEXIM Bank approved a GH¢60
million loan for the construction and operations of the Ekumfi Pineapple
Processing Factory out of which 58.5 million has been disbursed.

The farm is situated on a
50-acre land at Ekumfi Nanaben, in the central region.

By Nii Adjei Mensahfio