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Ghana: Weddi Africa invests in tomato processing

16/09/2021 - François-Xavier Branthôme
On 10th August 2021, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, commissioned the Cédi16 Mln (USD 2.8 Million or Euro 2.38 Million) Weddi Africa Tomato Processing Factory, a wholly-owned Ghanaian company operating at Domfete, in the Bono Region.

 According to President Akufo-Addo, the establishment of the factory is an example of the critical role the private sector can play in Ghana's industrial transformation, adding that Domfete was chosen for the siting of the factory because the town happens to be one of the major catchment areas for the cultivation of fresh tomatoes, and will help in reducing rural-urban migration.

The factory is expected to process some 40,000 metric tonnes of fresh tomatoes per annum, and also has a 500 metric tonnes cold room facility to store fresh tomato fruits. In addition, a model farm and research centre designed to conduct seed trials and train farmers on best farm practices, as well as an agric-input Shop to supply inputs to the farmers at affordable prices, have been established by the company.

Additionally, 2,400-acre farmland as a nucleus farm has been set up by Weddi Africa, with the company also spearheading the establishment of a Tomato Outgrower Farmers Association in Tano North and Berekum West districts, with 2,000 registered farmers from Ahafo and Bono regions. These 2,000 farmers are on schedule to receive seeds, fertilizers, other inputs, and technical services from the relevant departments and agencies. 






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