Komenda Sugar Factory will import raw sugar for processing – Council

Komenda Sugar Factory: We are doing something different from what Mahama-led government did, MCE

Komenda Sugar Factory was established in 1964, Report

Raw sugar import will continue for 3 years, board member

Raw sugar that is not in edible state will be imported to run Komenda Sugar Factory, board member Solomon Ebo Appiah said.

According to Komenda Sugar Factory Board Member, who is also the General Manager of Komenda Municipality Edina Eguafo Abirem, importing raw sugar will help support what local farmers produce for the factory.

Speaking on the JoyNews Tracker programme, Mr Appiah said: ‘We are doing something different from what the previous administration was doing. We import raw sugar that is not in consumable state to support what local farmers will produce to run the factory,” he said.

He said the importation of raw sugar will last for the next three years until local producers are able to meet the factory’s production demand.

The Komenda sugar factory was established in 1964 but disappeared over the years due to technical difficulties and setbacks.

The birth of the factory was based on the principle of producing sugar locally to reduce imports, but this has not yet produced results in recent times.

As part of efforts to recruit local staff to revive the factory, traditional authorities in Komenda and neighboring districts have been engaged to acquire large tracts of land for the sugarcane plantations.

Although the former John Mahama administration recommissioned the plant on May 30, 2016 with the aim of getting it working again and providing jobs for young people, the decision hit a snag when the government led by Akufo- Addo took office soon after in 2017.

The recommissioned Komenda sugar refinery was expected to create some 7,300 direct and indirect jobs at full operational capacity. The plant would be able to grind 1,250 tonnes of sugar cane per day.

Rachel J. Bradford