Yilo Krobo gets 200 Metric Tonne Compost Plant

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Stephen Nani

Jekora Ventures, a Waste Management Company in Ghana has commenced the construction of a fertiliser production factory under the One District, One Factory program in Somanya in the Yilo Krobo Municipality.

The factory, which when completed will process both faecal and bio-degradable waste into fertilizer and other product forms part of the “Creating and Capturing Value” (Capval) project launched in 2015 by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Jekora Ventures Limited with support from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The Capval project seeks to demonstrate that sanitation and waste management could support a circular economy.

At a sod-cutting ceremony of for the construction of the production factory in the Eastern Region, Dr Josiane Nikiema, the Representative from IWMI, said the Institute was focused on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries.
She said for more than a decade, IWMI had been exploring ways to recover useful materials from waste generated in such as waste water, sludge and industrial waste among others.
“The smaller facility would be positioned to produce 200 metric tonnes of compost annually by transforming 5,000 cubic of sludge and 300 metric tonnes of solid waste. There would also be the bigger processor within the factory, which would produce 1,000 tonnes of low cost fuel annually for use by households and institutions in the Municipality”, she said.

A scene from the Project site under construction.

The Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Dafour could not hide his excitement for the project, stating that, “the siting of the plant would help in making good use of waste generated in the community and its environs such as maize husk, adding that it was commendable as waste products over the years had posed many environmental problems”.

According to him, there was no doubt that Agriculture is the major economic activity in the Yilo Krobo Municipality and the establishment of a fertiliser factory in the Municipality would help farmers to readily get access to fertilisers to grow their crops for successful outcomes each farming season.
Ms Katja Lasseur, the Deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ghana, said the Netherlands Government had committed itself to dealing with the available resources in a smarter way.

She said, “We are trying to consume less and maximise the reuse of raw materials with the aim of having a circular economy in 2050”.
Ms Lasseur said the country was committed to working with other nations to achieve its aim and in the process learn from partner counties like Ghana and that the Capital Project was a perfect example of such partnerships.
Mr I. B. Nartey-Tokli, the Managing Director of Jekora Ventures Limited, said the timely completion of the factory would pave way for its inauguration early next year. He further recounted the trust of Jekora Ventures in local human resources demonstrated by selecting a local contractor from the Municipality to undertake this project.

“The contractor was selected from the Municipality and that all the artisans working on the project are from the community as part of ensuring that there was strong local content in the entire process.

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