Ghanaian maize farmers in Tumu in the Sissala East District of Upper West Region, will now have a sigh of relief following the commissioning of 30 tons maize processing factory built by Kedan Agribusiness Solutions. $2 million maize processing factory has been inaugurated on June 8th. With the inauguration of the factory, farmers around the surrounding area are now assured of ready market for more than 7000 metric tons of their produce every year. Kedan Limited is expected to boost the economy of the Sissala East Municipality and the neighbourhood by injecting capital into agribusiness and then employing a chunk of youth into the industry.
The factory comprises a processing plant, a warehouse and an administrative block all housed on a one-acre plot on the outskirts of town, and a 200-acre maize farm. It is a 7,000 metric tonnes plant which can process up to 30 tons of maize per day into maize grates, maize floor, fortified maize meal, and maize bran for poultry and other animal feed. The Sissala area is noted for the production of high premium quality maize in Ghana. At the inauguration ceremony in Tumu, the Managing Director of the company, Eric Dankua Kiss said that the factory would help eliminate the problem of middlemen who often cheat producers by dictating prices of the produce to poor farmers. “The factory in no doubt is going to serve as a major sustainable and reliable market for maize produce of our farmers, serve as employment creation avenue for the teaming unemployed youth, source of diverse value added maize products for industrial as well as domestic consumption and addressing malnutrition challenges,” he said.