President Akufo-Addo has commissioned the Bodukwan Multi-Fruit processing factory, a project operating under government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative.
The fruit processing plant, which has an installed capacity of 72 metric tonnes per day, will process seven varieties of fruits and vegetables including mango, pineapple, watermelon, and tomatoes into concentrates for exports and for use by the domestic market.
Commissioning the factory on day 2 of his 3-day tour of the Ashanti Region, the President told the gathering, which included the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, that the One-District-One-Factory (1D1F) initiative is in fulfillment of a 2016 campaign promise.
The President commended Otumfuo Asantehene, Ghana EXIM Bank and the Ministry of Trade and Industry for their collaboration in establishing the GH¢45 million project, which is expected to provide direct employment for over one hundred (100) people and generate at least 1,000 indirect job opportunities particularly for the youth of this area.
Already, the promoters of the factory, Bodukwan Holdings, have established 600 acres of mango plantation, and intends to source the additional required raw materials from out-growers in Ashanti, Eastern, Volta, Bono East, Bono as well as the Ahafo region.
He urged the Management of Bodukwan Holdings to take advantage of various Government interventions such as Planting for Food and Jobs and the incentives available to all 1D1F companies under his administration.