The defunct Komenda Sugar mill will be revived soon as the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and Park Agrotech Ghana Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the operationalisation of mill to see to it that the cultivation of sugarcane for full-scale sugar production of the Sugar Factory in the Central Region.
Managing Director for Agrotech Ghana Limited, Lalit Mishra, signed for his company as they seek to work together to achieve a common goal.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast , Prof. Joseph Ghartey-Ampiah appended his signature on behalf of the university.
Speaking after the memorandum was Mr Mishra as he revealed that the agreement was a start towards a brighter future.
He further added that, the company would invest over $21 million into the factory for the four-year period.
Under the terms of the Memoradum of Understanding the university of Cape Coast is expected to provide human resource support to produce sugarcane planting materials for the company to fast track the production and processing of the sugar cane.
The University of Cape Coast would provide land space to establish sugarcane field gene bank and conserve eight most relevant genetic resources of the crop in consultation with the company to serve as a source of explants for vitro propagation.
Park Agrotech Ghana Limited is also expected to provide infrastructure,funding for research,materials in areas such Biotechnology and Tissue culture,disease and pest control, agriculture and engineering food science and equipment toward the production of sugarcane planting materials.
Agrotek will also contribute in the establishment of a commercial Tissue Culture laboratory for the production of sugarcane plantlets.
The Head of Department of the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the School of Biological Sciences,College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences,Prof Aaron Asare noted that the University of Cape Coast is determined and committed towards coming up with innovations in ensuring the running of the factory.
He further noted that, the full operations of the Komenda Sugar Factory was the concern of every Ghanaian.
“The revival of the factory would drastically reduce the importation of sugar and create indirect jobs for people in the sugar industry in the country,” he said.
He added that, the university’s collaboration with Park Agrotech would facilitate the process of ensuring that the factory was revamped with the availability of sustainable sugarcane.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah was optimistic about the Komenda Sugar factory moving into full scale production with the measure being put in place very soon
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