President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, August 9 visited Global Almas Processing Ltd, a yam and cassava processing factory located in Bimbilla, in the Northern Region.
Taking the President on a tour of the factory, the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry and Member of Parliament for New Juaben South, Michael Okyere Baafi, indicated to the President that the company has taken advantage of the available local raw materials in the Nanumba and surrounding areas to process yam and cassava flour for both domestic and foreign markets.
According to the Deputy Minister, Global Almas has a land bank of more than 2,000 acres at Bimbilla, and additional land would be acquired as the operations expand with the anticipated increase in demand for products.
He noted also that the factory produces 1,000 cartons of Yam Fufu Flour per day, under the brand name Almas Yam Fufu Flour, requiring the purchasing of 10,000 yams per day.
Concerning the cassava processing line, some 200 bags of cassava flour are produced per day, with the company engaging some 20 farming groups, who have committed themselves to produce for the factory.
Mr. Baafi indicated to the President that the total cost of the factory is pegged at GH¢9.2 million, with a 60% equity contribution from the Promoter translating to about GH¢5.2 million. The Ghana Exim Bank has also provided a credit facility amounting to GH¢1 million (10.8% of the total project cost) which was disbursed in February 2021.
Global Almas has, thus far, created more than 74 direct jobs including Management, Supervisors, Food scientists, Laboratory Technician, and Maintenance Technicians as well as women who are involved in the peeling, cleaning, bagging, stitching machine attendants, and sorting of the yam/cassava.
In addition, over 400 additional Indirect jobs have been created for out-growers, transporters, harvesting teams, packaging & handling, sales outlets, etc.
Already, the company has signed an agreement with Sinostone Ethanol Manufacturing Company located in Juapong to supply 1,000 tons of cassava chips every month. Another agreement has been concluded with Bofas Company Limited located in Wa for the supply of a 40-foot container of yam fufu flour every month for export to the US market.