Mentukwa Mango Fruit Factory nears completion

Kumasi, A Mango Fruit Factory being built at Mentukwa in the Offinso North District to give jobs to the people and boost the local economy is nearing completion.

It is a joint venture between the Kwame Nkrumah of Science and Technology (KNUST), the community, the mango farmers association and Knights Group, an NGO, and would be processing mangoes into fruit juice, syrup and other products.

Professor Richard Akromah, Provost of the University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said a team of engineers from the Czech Republic would be arriving in the country this month to install and test run the production plant.

They would additionally train food and beverage engineers � the core staff to run the factory.

He broke the news at the 51st congregation of the University in Kumasi.

He indicated that the factory would create ready market for farmers and tremendously boost mango production.

Prof Akromah said he was confident that it will become the country’s first factory to be inaugurated under the one district, one factory programme.

A total of 606 students, made up of 402 males and 204 females, graduated and were awarded Bachelor of Science degrees. Fifty-eight (58) of them had first class honours.

Prof Akromah outlined plans by the College to expand its 25 acre-land at the Anwomaso Research Station to enhance practical training programmes for students.

He also touched on the significant progress it was making in its edible palm larvae project.

It is a partnership with ASPIRE Food Group in Canada to produce the larvae, locally known as akokono, a delicacy for many, on large scale for commercial purposes to generate revenue for the College.

Prof Akromah said the Group was working with the Food and Science Department of the KNUST on the preparation of pastries and other dishes that would contain the larvae as a component.

Mr. Osei Asafo-Adjei, Chief Executive of the Royal Bank, advised the fresh graduates to adopt positive work attitudes � hard working, punctual and diligent in any assigned task.

He also encouraged them to constantly upgrade themselves to efficiently perform.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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ACCRA, The Minority Caucus in the Ghanaian Parliament has challenged Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to make available to Parliament details of the 19 billion US dollars Memoranudm of Understanding (MoU) signed between Ghana and China.

According to the opposition Members of Parliament, a recent Supreme Court ruling on the two Guantanamo Bay inmates made it imperative for the government to bring the MoU signed with the Chinese government to Parliament for approval because Article 75(2a&b) of the Constitution states that a treaty, agreement or convention executed by or under the authority of the President shall be subject to ratification of (a) Act of Parliament (b) A resolution of Parliament supported by a vote of more than a half of Members Parliament.

Haruna Iddrisu, the Leader of the Minority in Parliament, stated this at a media briefing at Parliament Wednesday to share the opposition’s position on a number of significant national issues of paramount importance. Some of the issues raised at the media briefing included the 2.25 billion USD bond issue, the energy sector and the recent 19 billion USD MoU signed with China.

Iddrisu also stated that the explanation by Dr Bawumia to the effect that the 19 billion USD MoU between Ghana and China was a partnership and not a loan was incorrect since the nation would have to guarantee the facility with its bauxite resources.

He said the best way for the government to demonstrate transparency and good government was to make available details of the MoU to Parliament for scrutiny.

Iddrisu also announced that the Minority had resolved to continue to pursue its petition on the 2.25 billion USD bond at the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the United States of America with renewed vigour.

He said investigations by the Minority revealed that although the parent company Franklin Templeton was registered in the United States, it appeared it used a subsidiary company registered in Luxembourg to purchase 95 per cent of the bond.

He said to satisfy additional jurisdictional issues, based on this revelation, a group of Minority MPs comprising Dr Dominic Ayine, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and Isaac Adongo have filed a whistle-blower complaint with the regulator in Luxembourg known as the Commission de Surveillance de Secteur Financier (CSSF) which had begun looking into the matter.

Iddrisu also assured the nation that the Minority would continue to cooperate with ongoing international investigations to the best of their abilities and with good intentions in the supreme interest of Ghana.