President Akufo Addo has assured that the abandoned Komenda Sugar Factory will fully start functioning in April 2022.
According to him, some civil works are currently ongoing at the site and by the end of March, they will be completed.
“On the sugar factory, some civil works are being done there and hopefully by the end of March, it will be completed. The Indians are in and doing some work and so by April, production would have begun at the sugar factory,” he said while speaking to Komenda Traditional Council at the Jubilee House.
The Komenda sugar factory, built at a cost of $35million from an Indian Exim Bank facility, was inaugurated by Mr. Mahama in May 2016, amid pomp and ceremony.
With a capacity to crush 1,250 tonnes of sugarcane per day, the factory was expected to change Ghana’s dependence on sugar imports. As of 2016, Ghana’s annual sugar requirement was estimated at 375,000 tonnes.
The factory was also expected to generate energy for its production activities and produce by-products such as molasses for the alcohol industry.
But many challenges, including the unreliable supply of sugar cane for continuous processing after the preliminary test run, stifled the leading operations of the company, leading to its closure a few weeks after the inauguration.