Ghana: Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project sets up banana plantation

Golden Exotics Limited (GEL), a prominent Ghanaian banana producer has invested in a new plantation under the completed and modernised Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project (KLBIP). The move forms a major expansion drive by the GEL which already operates a 2,000-hectare plantation in Kusunya near Asutsuare in the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region, under the Kpong Irrigation Scheme.

The expansion project is in line with GEL’s expectation of continued growth in Ghana. The Torgorme project, estimated at $34 million was designed to expand irrigable land from the initial 450 hectares constructed in the 1970s to about 2,500 hectares for farmers to go into commercial farming.

According to Managing Director of GEL, Benedict Rich, the plantation expansion would cover 500 hectares of land. He said when fully completed over the next two to three years, the new plantation would employ about 600 people, adding that given the right support from the chiefs, people and policy makers as well as enough water supply, which they expressed the hope to expand in the future.


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