Wenchi Tomato Factory

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Wenchi Tomato Factory
FormationEstablished, 1960
PurposeCanning Tomato Paste
Location
  • Wenchi, Bono Region, Ghana

Wenchi Tomato Factory is a tomato processing and canning company, located in Wenchi, capital of Wenchi Municipal of the Bono Region, Ghana. [1].

History[edit]

The factory was set up in 1960s by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, as one of six projects financed by a joint agreement of the government of Ghana and Sodefra.[2] Operations ceased after the 1966 Ghanaian coup d'état. After many years, it was handed over to private company, Afriquid Company Limited. However, in 1997, the factory was sold to GIHOC (Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation) Distilleries Company Limited but deserted for a while. For 5 years (2002-2007), the factory resumed processing of tomato products under the brand name "Wenchi Fresh" but closed again due to the unstable supply of the expected tomato type from tomato farmers within the Wenchi Municipal District Beposo, Awisa and Nchiraa. Collaborations between the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, GIZ (German Development Cooperation), Unilever Ghana Limited, Wenchi District Assembly and other development partners, failed to maintain running of the factory, as the farmers sold the produce for higher gains on the open market. [3][4]

References[edit]

  1. "State of the Wenchi Tomato Factory". Graphic Online. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  2. "Business Bulletins from around the world". International Commerce. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Commerce. 21 October 1963. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  3. "Defunct Wenchi tomato factory to be revived". www.ghanaweb.com. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  4. "Wenchi Tomato Factory begins trial production". www.ghanaweb.com. 9 November 2003. Retrieved 2020-08-10.


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