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The Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly on Monday, the 28th of February 2022 provisionally took over a Mango Processing Factory Building constructed by Degeon Investments Limited at Akorley in the Municipal capital of Somanya. The provisional handing over of the building was necessary to pave way for the second phase of the project that would allow for installation of machines and equipment for the actual processing of mangoes to put the factory in full operation.

The brief ceremony which saw the handing over of the facility to the Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly was attended by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Eric Tetteh and some officers from the Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly, Engineers from Degeons Investments LTD. and officers from Wapcos Ltd, consultant to the project.

The project after the handing over ceremony was inspected by the MCE and his entourage as the consultant assured the MCE that any defects identified on the facility within the ‘defect liability period’ would be corrected. The factory building in its present state consists of a Processing Area, Two Washrooms and a Front Desk Office with the existing Pack House also within the enclave proposed to become a Packaging Area for the factory.

Hon. Eric Tetteh expressed his profound gratitude to all persons who worked tirelessly for the completion of the project and was hopeful that the project would help reduced the post-harvest losses mango farmers face each year. The MCE was also happy as part of his vision to create jobs in the Municipality, that the factory would help create employment for the people of Yilo Krobo. Though the facility was yet to be connected to the nation grid, the MCE pledged that electricity would be extended to the factory in good time and the access road to the site would also be reshaped and put in better shape.

According to the Yilo Krobo Municipal Business Advisory Centre (BAC) Director, Mr. Reindolf Amoaning, the Mango factory which was part of government one-district-one-factory project and christened ‘ENABLE YOUTH 1D 1F’ was the initiative of the Rural Enterprise Development program and BAC under the Ministry of Trade and funded by Africa Development Bank (AFDB), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and Government of Ghana. Mr. Amoaning also stated that the main reason for the project was to reduce graduate unemployment and post-harvest losses faced by mango farmers in the Yilo Krobo Municipality noted for mango production.

The MCE in his concluding remarks assured for the continuous functioning of the Mango Processing Factory through effective monitory and supervision.