The Factory Manager for Nestle Ghana, Mr. Gbenga Oladunjoye, has disclosed that the company has trained 7359 Ghanaian women on the cultivation of quality grains and cereals to meet international standards under the Nestle Grains Quality Improvement Project (NGQIP).
The training, according to him, forms part of the company’s commitment to ensuring quality and safety of its grains procured locally and used in the production of its products with a strong adherence to compliance.
Mr. Oladunjoye disclosed the figures on Friday when members of the Parliamentary Press Corps paid a working visit to one of the company’s seven state-of-the-art automated factory at Tema.
“NGQIP is a programme designed to help farmers produce quality raw materials which can be purchased by Nestle for its Central and West African regional factories,” he said, adding that the training focuses on the best practices necessary for growing quality grains, harvesting, packaging and storage.
He said Nestle buys its grains locally from the three Northern Regions and some parts of Brong Ahafo and Eastern Regions, hence the need to empower women to cultivate good variety grains.
He pointed out that one of the priorities of the project was to reduce the high levels of mycotoxins in cereals, dried fruits and nuts sourced from Central and West Africa.
He told members of the corps that some 40,000 children in Central, Western, Eastern,
Ashanti and Northern Regions had benefited under the Nestle Healthy Kids programme, which provides Nutrition education to children of school going age.
The company, he disclosed, had also trained more than 6,500 Health Care Professionals through the Nestle Nutrition Institute Africa in Central and West Africa Regions.
The factory manager intimated that Nestle under its Nestle Cocoa Plan trained 6,684 farmers to run profitable farms to improve their lives, adding that the measure formed part of efforts to address challenges in securing reliable supply of quality cocoa for the production of its products.
Madam Ama Amoah, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Nestle
Ghana, in a presentation highlighted the company’s commitments to building healthy lives and inclusive communities through its Creating Shared Value, safety and quality standards.
She explained that, “Creating Shared Value is a fundamental part of Nestle’s way of doing business that focuses on specific areas of Nestle’s core business activities; where value can best be created for both society and shareholders.”
She said that training offered under the NGQIP had helped reduced the rejection rate of grains exported from Ghana from 50 per cent to two per cent, adding that all grains used for cerelac were produced locally.
She said the installation of the CHF 1.1 million Ultra Filtration-Reverse Osmosis systems at the Tema factory had helped reduce the total factory water consumption by 10% and had enabled Nestle to reuse 30% of its Waste Water for non-core activities.
According to her, the company between 2007 and 2014 reduced its gas emissions by 26 per cent as part of its environmental sustainability efforts.
Supervisors at the factory during the tour took turns to explain rudiments of their operations to the journalists, noting that safety of staff as well as good hygiene were critical.
The Journalists were also introduced to some of the latest food processing technologies employed at the factory.
Source: Government of Ghana