According to the Director of the Ekumfi Pineapple Factory, Frederick Kobbynah Acquah, the factory management has given itself up to six weeks to start full production, so that by Christmas, Ghanaians will be able to enjoy fresh pineapple juice from the factory. He told this to a delegation from the Ghana Export-Import Bank (GEXIM), led by its Board Chairman, Kwadwo Boateng Genfi.
Acquah said: “We are presenting to the market fruit juice that is raw – that is, fruit juice without additives. We are also looking at mixes, such as pineapple with ginger, passion fruit, watermelon and citrus,” adding that, the beverages have a longer life span.
The factory is one of the very first projects for which President Akufo-Addo cut sod under government's flagship 'One District, One Factory (1D1F)' programme in August 2017. All necessary machinery for work at the factory has been fully installed and it is estimated that it will create 5000 direct out-grower jobs within the community and its environs to augment efforts to alleviate poverty.
Acquah also noted that the design and construction of the factory with the installation of the machinery was done by Ghanaian engineers, adding that they are in the process of training more indigenous engineers to run it.
According to modernghana.com¸ the facility has the capacity to process 10 tons per hour of fruit juice. Currently, the factory has 19 sites with 400 shared-growers in communities including Ekumfi Nanaben, Narkwa, Abor and Eyisam.