October 24, 2011

Nii Amasa Namoale, Deputy Minister of Agriculture in charge of Fisheries, has assured Institutions under the various Ministries that the Government would strengthen them to enable them to live up to expectation.

Nii Amasa gave the assurance when he paid a familiarization visit to the Ghana Protein Company Limited (GPL) at the Industrial Area in Tema to acquaint himself with the operations of the Company.

He assured the Management of GP that everything possible would be done to remove the bottlenecks and impediments in the way of the company to facilitate its smooth operations.

Mr Anthony Adu-Nketia, Accountant of the Company, said its 360 tonnes per day capacity fish meal plant, which started commercial production in January 2008, converted fish waste and unwholesome fish meal to Animal Feed.

The Plant, he said, could also treat and convert unwholesome boneless meat into animal feed, particularly for the piggery industry.

Mr Adu-Nketia disclosed that GPL was in the process of installing a 72-tonne per day fish pellet plant to produce feed for the Aquaculture Industry.

He appealed to the various governmental agencies and institutions to consider the company’s huge investment and capacity of its plant, and give the necessary assistance to ensure that the plant operated at full capacity.

Mr Adu-Nketia said even though the company was operating at just about 10 per cent of its installed capacity, it had been able to employ 50 workers.

He said the major constraint of the company was its inability to secure the needed raw materials for its operations.