An agro processing factory, Atebubu Agro Processing Company Limited (AAPCL), is set to commence operations by June this year at Atebubu in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The Farm ZManager of AAPCL, Mr. Williams Kwaku Boateng, explained that completion of work on the factory was delayed due to incessant rains.
He said the company, which falls under the ‘One District One Factory’ initiative, will soon take delivery of a final consignment of seven forty-foot containers of equipment for the project.
A visit to the place saw ground and roofing works on the main structure being carried out by the contractors, while assorted equipment are on stand-by in readiness for installation once construction is completed.
The factory, which has the production of ethanol and starch as it primary focus, will employ over 12,000 people both directly and indirectly, and will have the capacity to process 1,200 tonnes of cassava daily.
To ensure all-year-round production, the company is supporting about 3,000 out-grower farmers in the cultivation of about 30,000 acres of cassava, in addition to its own 16,000 acres, to feed the factory.
The company has plans to venture into piggery to take advantage of the chaff from the processed cassava, as well as cattle rearing, to ensure the leaves from harvested cassava do not go to waste.