THE government of Ghana and Blumberg Grain have concluded a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on the undertaking of the company's West African manufacturing plant and export hub, which the government is proposing to be located in the northern regions of Ghana.
The hub will include large-scale production and distribution of Blumberg Grain's food security storage warehouses and network management systems to address increasing the nation's agricultural output and reducing post-harvest losses.
The manufacturing plant, which Blumberg Grain will build without government subsidy or financing, is expected to create 1,000 new jobs, contribute to increased exports from Ghana and be a catalyst for large-scale manufacturing in West Africa.
The hub will also include an Agriculture & Farming Institute — in cooperation with Iowa State University, the Ghana Food & Agriculture Ministry, plus national educational institutions and non-governmental organizations in Ghana — with the purpose of providing farmers with access to the best techniques and technology to increase the quantity and quality of farming production.
Blumberg Grain projects its West African manufacturing plant and export hub to be up and operating at the beginning of next year and plans to conclude final country and site selection in the next few weeks.
Blumberg Grain, based in Miami, Fla., provides countries with turnkey solutions and management support designed to reduce post-harvest crop losses. It builds, installs and manages the operation of refrigerated and dry food storage systems.