Gov’t hints at revamping Pwalugu Tomato Factory

Government has disclosed plans to revive the defunct Pwalugu Tomato Factory in the Northern Region.

The factory which was set up with the ultimate aim of processing tomato into puree and paste for the local market and for export is unable to function due to the unavailability of raw tomatoes.

Statistics available indicate that Ghana spends $100 million annually in tomato paste importation.

However, Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Sagre Bambangri on the side-lines of the Agric and Agribusiness Investment Forum in Accra on Tuesday, 3 October 2017, said his office will in the coming days, visit the factory to ascertain the exact problem facing it and provide the appropriate remedy to revamp it.

He said: “We are going to look more closely at the tomato factory in Pwalugu and see what is wrong, what is missing so that this industry will be revamped. One thing we recorded the factory was facing was consistent supply of the produce. So if we are able to get our acts well so that along that chain the factory can have consistent supply of the raw material, then it may be able to survive, but it will need a very thorough study for us to be able to make it successful.”

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