During the third week of August, we installed technology used for processing various tropical fruits in Sunyani, Ghana. This is a small-capacity production, that will be used both for fruit processing by farmers around the world, but also for practical training of students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, who have already been involved in the installation and testing. It is the first machine of its kind in the entire Brong Ahafo region. The technology has been designed to handle a wide range of tropical crops, which has also been proven in the trial operation during which mainly citruses, mangos, and pineapples were processed. The resulting product was always 100% pure juice packaged in bag-in-boxes. Our juice, due to pasteurization, was no longer required to be preserved chemically.
A trouble-free trial operation is a promise for the future for all stakeholders. For our company, it is a commitment to further expand this production unit. In the future, we plan on an extension: a separate mango processing line, as mangos are one of the main fruit crops in the area. Also, expanding the baking section is being considered, as it’s currently being manually handled and thus it is the largest capacity constraint.