The Agricultural Development Bank and Distributors of Ekumfi Fruit Juice have embarked on a tour at the Ekumfi Fruits and Juices Factory Limited.
The essence of the visit was for these two major stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the operations of the company and how the company was growing after rumours of a shutdown of the company’s operations. Following the rumours and the subsequent discount of claims of the shutdown, the distributors of the company’s product undertook a tour of the facility to ascertain the true picture of the company’s standings.
The Agric Development Bank and the distributors of the company’s product expressed their excitement when the company took them around to inspect the 5000 acres of its pineapple plantations.
A distributor, Abena Konadu Acheampong, indicated after the tour, how impressed they were with the progress the company was making. She says they feel assured that they could stay in business knowing the remarkable steps that have been taken by the company. She stated, “to say I am really impressed is an understatement. We’ve seen most of the sites and looking at what they have done, if the fruits should mature, I believe we would be able to get enough product to supply our customers.”
Abena Konadu believes, going forward, more people should be encouraged to invest in the production of the pineapples.
“More people have come to accept the product. When they tried it, they realized that it was good and they have never stopped patronizing it,” she said excitedly.
Her other colleague distributor, Josephine Asante, was extremely enthralled as well. She said she never anticipated it was a such a huge enterprise and one that involves financing and huge productions like that.
“We are the distributors and we have not been here before but what we have seen here gives us encouragement and confidence that we could stay in business with Ekumfi. All we will tell them is to produced more so we could increase our supplies,” he stressed.
Head of Agric Value Chain financing Department of the Agric Development Bank, Isaac Denkye Ansong, said the banks investment in the production of pineapple at Ekumfi Juice has been a worthwhile venture and they would do more to support Agric-related enterprises like that.
He indicated ADB had created a whole division solely for Agric financing.
Mr. Denkye Ansong explained, “we are financing their activities and we decided to make a project visit to the factory. We often come […]