Koudijs Ghana has started the development of its first compound animal feed factory in Ghana and in West Africa to further enhanced its ambitions to strengthen its position in the region.
The ultra-modern new production facility on a 500 acre-site in Tema, near Accra, will be one of the largest compound feed production plants in country, with a production capacity reaching 90,000 tons a year.
The inauguration was attended by Ms Carola Schouten, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature & Food; Dr Nurah Gyiele, the Ghanaian Minister of State in charge of Poultry; and Ron Strikker, the Dutch Ambassador in Ghana.
Mr Hugo Visscher, General Manager of Koudijs Ghana, said the construction of the plant underlined the strategy of the Dutch Royal De Heus Group, owner of Koudijs Ghana, to bring its local animal feed and husbandry knowledge to fast-growing and developing countries.
Where it has previously built up a strong market position in Ghana, he said, it is now time to start local production to further enhance this leading position.
“The Dutch international and family-owned feed-producing company Royal De Heus gave us the additional experience which allowed us to gain a huge market advantage in Ghana. This is a result of more than 100 years of experience De Heus enjoys in the animal nutrition market, alongside its ownership of factories in 15 countries worldwide,” Mr Visscher said.
He said the factory’s high-quality products will be offered at competitive prices, meeting international standards, while focusing on innovation and development to achieve continuous success and to secure much better profitability for local farmers.
Mr Visscher said Koudijs products will also be distributed nationwide through authorised dealers and distributors to guarantee that products reach farms as quickly as possible.
He said the company has already established a warehouse with significant storage capacity to maintain raw materials and final products in adherence to high safety standards.
Mr Koen de Heus, CEO of Royal De Heus, expressed his pleasure at the new factory’s groundbreaking ceremony, describing it as a major addition to Koudijs.
He said: “The investment in this factory comes at an important time in the development of the Ghanaian agricultural sector, and the Ghanaian economy in general.
We believe strongly in Ghana’s future, when the country will have many mouths to feed. Ghana must ensure that it produces enough food that is safe, affordable and of good quality. Many new investments must be made to that end. We see it as our task to bring new knowledge to Ghana so as to increase animal protein production further there,” he said.
Dutch Minister Carola Schouten and the Ghanaian Minister of State in charge of Poultry, Dr Nurah Gyiele took part in the groundbreaking ceremony by initiating the construction of the factory’s foundations.