Hon. Clement Kofi Humado, Minister for Food and Agriculture on Friday, May 17, 2013 led a team of Directors from the Ministry to visit the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant Company. The visit was to see at first hand the operations of the company particular in respect of the compost they are producing since it has direct bearing on agriculture.
Briefing the Minister and his team, Owura K. Safo, Managing Director of the company, indicated that the company which is a subsidiary of Zoom Lion Company, has been set up to receive, sort and process both solid and liquid waste into compost and recycle the
He further added that, their plant at Adjinkotoku is the first of its kind with such facilities in West Africa and the leading Waste Management Company in Africa. They also have plans of setting up another plant in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital.According to Owura Sarfo, 40 percent of the 2,500 tonnes of solid waste generated daily are biodegradable i.e. organic (can be turned into compost) hence their vision of setting up the company.
He appealed for government support by promoting and encouraging the use of compost since it enhances improved soil and crop production; and also by allocating a percentage of the fertilizer subsidy programme to compost.
Additionally, he appealed for support in the area of research in the use of compost by itself or a combination of it with inorganic ones.
Hon. Humado commended the management of the company for their vision and called for support in terms of policy to sustain such viable and laudable projects. He indicated that he has taken notice of their appeal and thus will begin work on how to promote the use of their product and other such ones.
The team was later taken on a tour of the facility.