An agribusiness with a registered name ’’KEDAN LIMITED’’ established and headquartered in Tumu; the Municipal Capital of Sissala East has today 2nd May, 2018 outdoored some of their food products.
According to management, Kedan Limited has been set up with the sole aim of improving lives of farmers through agribusiness especially in the northern part of the country. The company can currently boast of about 25 full time staff with the intention of employing more permanent and temporary staff. The agribusiness company intends to provide a wide range of services to the Upper West Region, its environs and the whole country at large and with their medium and long term plan of exporting products and services.
The establishment of the factory saw the importation of heavy duty machines especially processors and dryers from China as well as experts who handled the fixing of the machines. According management today’s exercise has been delayed because, Products were going through laboratory scrutiny by both Food and Drugs Board and Ghana Standard Authority to ensure wholesomeness of products and thus ensuring health of prospective consumers.
Kedan Limited market targets includes; individuals, hotels, restaurants, eateries, schools and larger companies. Products available for now, includes but not limited to maize grits, maize flour and poultry feed. Services include but not limited to:
• Maize Milling/Processing
• Raw and Processed Maize
• Other Cereal Products
• Agri-Commodities Aggregation and Marketing
• Market Information and Trade-Brokerage
• Cross-Border Market Development
• Farm Input Credit
• Commercial Farming and Advisory
• Farm Gate Crop Purchase
• Farmer Capacitation
• Agricultural Project Design and Implementation
• Pre and Post-Harvest Services(Warehousing)
During the outdooring exercise today, food products such as maize grit weighing 5kg for porridge, maize flour for TZ and Banku weighing 4kg and poultry feed were those displayed and being sold to the public by overzealous ladies. The exercise took place through the principal streets of Tumu town amidst a long truck with public addressing system.
Speaking to the CEO in the person of Mr.Eric Kissi who holds BSC in Agric said, the absence of market for farm products in this part of the country has largely being the reason for abject poverty among the populace especially the farming communities. He revealed that, the idea of setting this company was to contribute his quota in poverty alleviation and also put to good use his knowledge acquired. He added job creation was also another issue that led to the hatching of this success story today.
When this cable spoke to patrons of the product, one person who bought the maize grit said, the hassle of going to grinding mill, drying in filth infested places has become a thing of the past. Another person Mma Ayi, spoken to espouse that, taking a cognizance look into the well packaged and texture of the products, one can keep it for a while as compared to the used to be products that easily got spoiled if kept for later use. One man Nabong, speaking to this cable said, after making a cost value analysis, it is beneficial to patronize these products than, those that go through a lot of processes to become flour. One farmer said, with the animal feed, he would expand his poultry farm as the high cost of getting the feed from the southern part of the country used to reduce his profit margin.
The CEO also made it known that,demands have already been made to them by some ccompanies and it is the utmost wish always fulfill or supply to their customers. He therfore appealed to farmers to expand their maize production as they have a market at their door step. He concluded by calling for support from stakeholders especially VRA to always annonce before power outages.