Komenda Sugar Factory to shut down after six months

Thursday, 02 June 2016 10:11
The factory was re-built from the ruins of the Komenda Sugar Factory built by first president Kwame Nkrumah The factory was re-built from the ruins of the Komenda Sugar Factory built by first president Kwame Nkrumah

The resuscitated Komenda Sugar Factory will be shut down after six months in operation, Central Region Minister Kweku Ricketts-Hagan has confirmed.

The six-month shutdown is in line with the maintenance programme for the India-Ghana joint facility, he said.

The factory, situated in the Central Region, was commissioned on Monday, May 30 by President John Dramani Mahama.

President Mahama announced to the gathering during the commissioning that 7,300 jobs have been created with the establishment of the factory. He also revealed that two more of such project will be established in the country.

The $24.5 million facility will establish irrigation farms of about 2,000 acres of landspace to serve as the core source of raw materials for the factory.

Speaking on TV3’s News @10 on Wednesday, June 1, Mr Rickets-Hagan said the planned shutdown for maintenance will be done according to best practice.

He said it is important for the facility to undergo such a programme so that it does not break down unexpectedly.

The Member of Parliament for Cape Coast South Constituency explained that the shutdown has been planned to coincide with the fallow period of sugarcane farming.

Source: tv3network.com|Ghana