Akufo-Addo commissions 75 greenhouses and entrepreneurship centre at Dawhenya

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday, August 13, 2020, commissioned 75 greenhouses and an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre at Dawhenya in Greater Accra Region.

It was constructed by the Ministry of Business Development and the National Entrepreneurship and Innovations Plan.

This is the biggest green village estate in Ghana, and, indeed in West Africa, President Akufo-Addo said at the commissioning.

The 75 greenhouses can produce 4,500 tonnes of tomatoes annually, bringing in a yearly revenue of some GH¢11 million.

It can also employ a total of 230 people.

Already, vegetables from the farm are being sold at Shoprite, Farmers Market, Eden Tree, amongst others.

The greenhouse farm, he said was he biggest in West Africa and would produce 45,000 tonnes of vegetables, valued at GH¢11 million, annually.

Currently, produce from the farm are sold in shops such as Shoprite, the Farmers Market, Eden Tree, among other grocery shops.

The greenhouse system is an integral part of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme.

The 192-capacity hostel training facility, called the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will offer practical training, to be given by experts from Israel and other countries, to Ghanaians.

The centre currently employs 230 people.

Attached to it are a multi-purpose conference centre and health and recreational facilities.

Similar facilities have been constructed in Akomadan in the Ashanti Region and Bawjiase in the Central Region, both at a cost of $22 million.

The project is the initiative of the Ministry of Business Development and the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture.