Akyin XII, the Paramount Chief of Ekumfi Traditional Area in the Central Region
has donated 200 acres of land to government for pineapple cultivation to feed
the Ekumfi Fruits and Juices Company Limited.
The facility will be the biggest fruits processing factory in West Africa, with capacity to process 10 tons of fruits per hour and it is expected to create 500 direct jobs and 6000 indirect jobs in district and beyond.
Funded by the Exim Bank Ghana Limited, the agric-industrial intervention has significantly gingered the spirit of entrepreneurship in many Ghanaians as her office keep receiving quantities of business proposals from various entities and persons across the world.
Per the company's five year strategy vision, it is cultivating more than 4,000 acres of pineapples in many communities in the district as well as in the neighbouring districts that would in all, produce 80 million fruits per annum for the processing line.
It has also projected 600 acres per year, in preparing to switch gear to the next phase of cultivation that would see the expansion of its raw material base up to the projected 4,000 acres needed to feed the factory at full capacity.
The company also seeks to expand and sustain its 19 shared-grower sites established in Ekumfi Nanaben, Narkwa, Abor, Eyisam, Otuam, Egyaakwa, Asaman, and Gyankoma.
In all, share-growers engaged at the Gyankoma sites have cultivated nearly 600 acres of pineapples and keep planting every day to meet the eight acre demand of pineapple per week for the factory.
Additionally, Greenfields and Foods Ghana Limited have also cultivated about 250 acres of pineapples on their two farm sites, one at Gomoa Assin and the other at Gomoa Oguaakrom.
Source: Kofi Atakora/Joydaddymultimedia.com