Ayensu Starch Company (ASCo).
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Factory location
The factory is located northwest of Accra.
N 5o 42' 2.57", W 0o 34' 6.75"
President John Kufuor
ISI has been nominated for an award during the official opening ceremony attended by His Excellency President John Kufuor.
ASCo Opening

ASCo Root Yard

Cassava starch plant to be the first in Ghana

President John Kufuor established a working group "Presidents Special Initiative" to promote the agro-food industry. "Redhill" in South Africa had just been finished as the first modern cassava starch factory in Africa and PSI decided to follow up on that success and introduce the same technology in Ghana.

Sampling of soil waterThe initiative was backed up by government, farmers, local banks and others. From the Danish side Danida went in with a comprehensive three-year training package. This package included, inter alia approach to the use of effluent as fertilizer on farmland by land spreading and methods to monitor fertilizer efficiency as well as any nitrogen leakage to sub soil waters.

Photo: Monitoring the fertilizer efficiency of juice landspreading by sampling of soil water. Samples were analyzed daily on the factory's own laboratory, and some were sent to our central laboratory for measurement of specific micronutrients.

Our sister company International Starch Trading agreed to export the starch - preferably to the European Union on license issued under the Lomé Trading Act. The starch was filled in 25 kg multilayer paper bags and in one ton big bags. For large consumers we developed a brand new method for shipping the starch in bulk packed in lined containers and method to reverse the process when the containers reached their destination.

Port of Thema

Photo: Starch is exported out of Thema _ a very busy port.

With Danida support a technical management agreement was put in place with highly trained starch specialists on location during a three year period.