GHANA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana has commissioned the Kasapreko Water, Juice and Soft Drinks Factory, a company operating under government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative.
At a ceremony at the premises of the company at Kwadaso, in the Ashanti Region, President Akufo-Addo noted that the establishment of the factory is a concrete manifestation that the new paradigm of economic development of insisting on value-addition industrial activities within a conducive and business-friendly environment, can make headway.
“I am particularly pleased that a successful and innovative company like Kasapreko is finding new opportunities under the 1D1F policy, and would like to assure them of Government’s unwavering support.”President of Ghana – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
The 1-District-1-Factory initiative, the President explained, focuses on the promotion of commercially viable business ventures, through the establishment of an institutional framework that will attract private sector investments in rural economic activities.
Benefiting from this initiative, the government assisted the beverage company to access US$25 million loan from Stanbic Bank for the construction of the project.
It has also received a waiver of duties and taxes on machinery and raw materials, as well as a 5-year tax holiday worth US$28million.
The Kasapreko Tanoso factory will be serving the Ashanti, Bono, Ahafo, Northern, Savannah, North East, Upper East and Upper West Regions, as well as export its products to neighbouring countries such as Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.
The factory will have a capacity to produce about 35,000 bottles per hour of juices and non-alcoholic soft drinks, and 15,000 bottles per hour of water, working at full capacity.
According to President Akufo Addo, it will employ 300 people directly, and also generate some 3,000 indirect jobs through the supply chain.
President Akufo-Addo applauded the company for sourcing 90% of its packaging materials domestically, as bottles, caps and cartons locally.
The President further stressed that his government remains committed to supporting private sector operators, like Kasapreko, to become globally competitive.
This according to the President will enable them take advantage of market integration frameworks such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), whose Secretariat has been established and commissioned in Accra.
“I am particularly pleased that a successful and innovative company like Kasapreko is finding new opportunities under the 1D1F policy, and would like to assure them of Government’s unwavering support,” he added.
Darko Farms gets revamped with GH¢18 million
In other related news, the government has pumped GH¢18 million into Darko Farms Company Limited, an integrated poultry production company, in Atwima in the Ashanti Region, to revamp its operations.
The financial support, which was channelled through the Ghana EXIM Bank, followed the inclusion of the company in the One District-One Factory (1D1F) programme.
The company, which faced operational challenges due to financial constraints prior to the capital injection was due for additional GH¢4 million, to enable it expand and produce at maximum capacity.
Following the financial support, it is presently running a hatchery, breeder, feed and chicken processing factories.
It is producing four million-day old chicks a day, which would increase to seven million when the newly purchased equipment is installed in December later this year.
The company is also producing 70 tonnes of feed a day and cultivating 1,500 acre-land of maize as a measure to reduce cost of production.
To boost its production, it has engaged 200 out growers and currently employs 1,000 people, which would rise to 2,000 when it operates at maximum capacity.
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