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KNUST go into partnership for dairy production

BY: Daniel Kenu

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is to launch a dairy company in the country in March, this year.

To this end, the KNUST has concluded a partnership arrangement with Peak Investment Capital (PIC) to transform a local yoghurt produced by the university into international standards.

The partnership will also help in promoting research at the Dairy Beef Cattle Research Unit of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of the university.

 

Subsequently, two flagship shops are being constructed on campus to be fully equipped with standardised machines and modern technologies.

 Machines

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A four 40-foot container of machines are expected in the country before the official launch as the university works hard to make its science and technology mission more relevant.

The Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Professor William Otoo-Ellis, announced this at the inauguration of a seven-member board for the project.

The members are Mr Paul Karikari, Mr Richard Appiah-Nkyi and Mr Abdulai Saglo, all from the KNUST and Mr Kobina Tuyee Awuah, Mr Donald Djane,  Mr Ato Ntsi Awuah and Ms Petrine Adwoa Addae from the PIC.

The board, among other things, is to help rebrand and make the product a nationally acclaimed and acceptable item.

 Sample

Even before the official launch, a rebranded sample of the yoghurt, Icycub, has taken over the market in Kumasi and gradually relegating the traditional ones in the market to the background.

The CEO of PIC, Mr Awuah, said the fully owned Ghanaian company with affiliations to some selected international food and diary companies was to bring on board expertise and resources to augment that of KNUST.

Mr Awuah and his colleagues, all from the Harvard University, are also roping in experts and food specialists from Harvard as well as researchers to partner KNUST.

The project is also to offer internship opportunities for students, especially, those from the Food Science department of the KNUST.