GHANA – The Ghanaian Government has commissioned an avocado processing factory in Akuapem under government’s One-District-One-Factory industrialization initiative.

The Akuapem Gold Agro Processing Limited has a capacity to process six to eight tons of avocado per hour, which also integrates 200 acres of land to support consistent fruit supply.

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Albert Wilson, chairman of company said that the firm is looking forward to scale up operations by increasing acreage to 10,000 acres in the next five years.

Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Minister for Food and Agriculture, highlighted that this was part of the government’s strategies of ensuring exportation of avocado becomes more attractive in the lucrative global market.

He added that, avocado is a new commercial crop in Ghana noting that the government had imported 300,000 seedlings from Kenya last year in a bid to increase local production.

Dr Afriye Akoto also lauded farmers for their efforts and vision of having manufacturing factory to process the avocados into consumables to export.

According to a report by GhanaWeb, the Akuapem Gold Agro Processing Limited was funded by Exim Bank.

Ministry to establish factories, mills for oil processing

Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) also unveiled that the Ministry is set to establish factories and artisanal mills for processing oil palm.

Speaking during the launch of the Oil Palm Plantation Project 2018/2019 in  Dunkwa-On-Offin in the Central Region, he said the factories will enable farmers to get value for their investments.

The oil palm plantation project seeks to raise oil palm seedlings to farmers as part of a sustainable prosperity intervention in mining communities.

In addition, he noted that the Alternative Livelihood – Oil Palm Project is a Public-Private Partnership by MLNR and Richie Plantations Limited is being implemented as an economic sustainable development project.

He said the Project, currently implemented in the Central Region, would soon be expanded to mining communities in the Ashanti, Eastern and Western Regions.

“We would consider taking steps to form farmer based organisations to strengthen your bargaining power and enhance value for your produce.

We would collaborate with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to develop policies and regulations, including a full secretariat to regulate the oil palm production industry,” added Madam Esther Edjeani, Board Chair of MDF.