President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned the Casa de Ropa Potato Factory, a project under Government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative.
Officially opening the factory last Friday, President Akufo-Addo described the day as “a very happy for the Central Region, and, indeed, for Mother Ghana”, especially as he had, on the same way, also commissioned the Ekumfi Fruits and Juices Factory, in Ekumfi.
“This afternoon’s ceremony is in fulfillment of the promise by Government, in partnership with the private sector, to set up at least one medium to large scale enterprise in every district of Ghana,” the President said.
Congratulating the management of Casa de Ropa for the progress they made have, and for being able to process orange fleshed sweet potato into puree, which are further processed into biscuit, bread, crisps and chips, using improved production technology.
President Akufo-Addo noted that 1,150 direct and indirect jobs have been created by the factory.
“Another milestone achieved by the factory is the fact that women currently constitute more than 80 percent of the workforce, as a result of a deliberate policy to empower women. As the African Union Gender Champion, I commend management for this decision,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo applauded the decision taken by Casa de Ropa to be a Centre of Excellence, through the collaboration with Universities and other agricultural institutions, to create a platform for research and knowledge sharing between academia and industry.
“This Factory, gradually, is positioning itself as one of the most innovative food processing companies in the country, with the potential to expand its operations to take advantage of the domestic market for processed food as well as the African market.
“Government remains committed to supporting private sector operators, like Casa de Ropa, to become globally competitive, and, thereby, take advantage of market integration frameworks such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), whose Secretariat has been established and commissioned in Accra”, he added.
President Akufo-Addo commended the management of Casa de Ropa Ltd for their diligence and commitment to enhance the potential of sweet potato as a new cash crop for farmers in Ghana.
He also commended EXIM Bank for granting a financing facility of about GH¢14 million in support of the project, under the 1D1F programme.
Mumford Landing Site
Prior to commissioning the Factory, President Akufo-Addo visited the site of the Mumford Landing Site, a project with commenced on 16th November 2019.
With the topographic and geophysical surveys 100% complete, and work on the breakwater is seventy 70% complete, prefabrication of the concrete blocks for the quay wall begins in September 2020, with dredging work for the approach channel and port basin starting in December.
According to the Minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, the Mumford landing site will be completed in June 2021.
He indicated that a number of facilities are also attached to the site such as an administration building, fish market, net mending hall, ice making plant, fuel depot, day care centre, toilet, and power station.