Last Sunday, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, commissioned a GH¢6.7 million Sefwi Akontombra rice processing factory in the Western-North Region.
The state-of-the-art rice factory can produce between 1.5 and 2.8 tonnes of processed rice per hour.
The Sefwi Akontombra Rice Factory, which operates under the One District, One Factory Common User Facility (CUF), is an agro-industrial factory established by the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) under the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
The factory can employ about 118 people — management professionals, factory floor workers and plantation workers and over 600 farmers from Sefwi Akontombra District and neighbouring communities to supply paddy rice for processing.
With funding from the African Development Bank, the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) has established five CUFs nationwide.
The 1D1F CUF factories are located in Savelugu (rice processing; Nkran Nkwanta in the Dormaa West District of the Bono Region (rice processing); Akontombra in the Sefwi Akontombra District of the Western North Region (rice processing); Dompim in the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality of the Western Region (Oil Palm processing); and Nsuta in the Sekyere Central District of the Ashanti Region (Maise processing).
The Sefwi Akontombra CUF is expected to be owned by farmer-based organisations and other value chain actors within the selected commodities.
The CUFs will be managed by management professionals and technicians who will be recruited competitively by the Ministry of Trade and Industry through REP to ensure the profitability and growth of the factory.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD