President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Sunday, 5th September 2021, commissioned the GH¢6.7 million Sefwi Akontombra rice processing factory, as part of his 2-day tour of the Western-North Region.
The rice factory is a state-of-the-art rice facility, with the capacity to produce between 1.5 and 2.8 tonnes of processed rice per hour. The processing plants installed at the factory include modern parboiling, milling, and packaging plants.
It has a standby generator plant and a mechanized borehole to supply the facility with water. It also has a fully furnished office accommodation for staff, a conference room, laboratory and a canteen/kitchen.
The Sefwi Akontombra Rice Factory was constructed under the 1-District-1-Factory Common User Facility (CUF), which is an agro-industrial factory established by the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) under the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
The factory, President Akufo-Addo was told, will employ about 118 people including management professionals, factory floor workers, and plantation workers who will work on a nucleus rice farm.
In addition, over 600 farmers from Sefwi Akontombra District and neighboring communities will be directly engaged to supply paddy rice for processing.
With funding from the African Development Bank, the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) has established five (5) of these CUFs nationwide.
The 1D1F CUF factories are located in Savelugu (rice processing; Nkran Nkwanta in the Dormaa West District of the Bono Region (rice processing); Akontombra in the Sefwi Akontombra District of the Western North Region (rice processing); Dompim in the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality of the Western Region (Oil Palm processing); and in Nsuta in the Sekyere Central District of the Ashanti Region (Maize processing).
The Sefwi Akontombra CUF is expected to be owned by farmer-based organizations and other value chain actors within the selected commodities.
The cuffs will be managed by top-notched management professionals and technicians who will be recruited competitively by the Ministry of Trade and Industry through REP to ensure the profitability and growth of the factory.