GIHOC Distilleries Company Limited, a distillery and alcoholic beverage manufacturer has outlined plans to set up between eight to 10 fruit based alcohol plants (Sandarization Depots) at Techiman area, Goaso, Nsawam, Bibiani, Agogo to transform discarded or rotten fruits into alcoholic drinks and wines, Managing Director of GIHOC Distilleries, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, has said.
“We intend to set up about 8 -10 of such factories across the country depending on the availability of discarded fruits- wherever we have more of this, we need the youth to go and gather them, wash them, sanderise it – a term we have coined(take it to milling machine) and bring it to us, we are the off takers, we will buy everything that you produce because the alcohol that you get from these fruits are the best and GIHOC we are committed to do that and we are lucky we have the support of 1D1F” Mr. Jumah said this at the 1District 1Factory Stakeholders Engagement forum with Insurance companies in Accra.
According to Mr. Jumah, the country is endowed with fruits because of the nature of the climate, stressing that these are one of the few places in the world where fruits are in abundance.
In alcohol business –there are three types; we have the molasis made from sugarcane, grain alcohol made from grains and sometimes from cassava-this is the most popular alcohol used all over the world.
Almost 70 percent of the fruits go to waste given that the country has them in abundance. It is in this light that GIHOC intends to leverage on it, he added that the best alcohol is the one made from fruits.
“We like drinking wine and champagne and the reason is that it is made from fruits. We are lucky we have pineapples, bananas, oranges, mangoes –all kinds of fruits that are not available in the world, we decided to take advantage, we saw the wisdom in 1D1F to take advantage of this initiative. We approached them and they have been very supportive.
This will have a great impact in our localities and villages and create value to valueless products. It will be across the country because we have fruits all over Ghana, every region is endowed with fruits that go to waste”.
Mr. Jumah added that they have already done a pilot in their premises and been the only facility with a distilling capacity, once the sanderisation is carried out, they will distill and get very good quality alcohol.
On her part, the National Coordinator of the 1D1F, Gifty Ohene-Konadu, welcomed GIHOC’s decision to set up these fruits plants indicating that the impact in localities will be enormous and that government is open and will continue to support companies and institutions to grow.
Ghana exports most of its traditional and non-traditional commodities in their raw state for which the economic benefits to the country and its farmers are very low.
Data from the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) shows that Non-Traditional Export (NTE) earnings in 2017 amounted to US$ 2.557 billion, representing 3.81% increase over the 2016 performance of US$ 2.463 billion.
On the average, the NTE sector earnings have been growing at an annual rate of 1.22%, with cocoa derivatives contributing significantly to the 2017 kitty.
The contribution of the NTE sector to the overall merchandise export of Ghana was 18.37% in 2017, a tapered performance compared to the 20% in 2016.
The Non-Traditional Export sector is made up of three sub-sectors, namely: Agriculture, Processed/Semi-Processed, and Industrial Art & Craft sub-sectors.