Story: Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi
GUINNESS Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL) has started recycling its waste materials into organic fertiliser to help promote agriculture at the small-scale level.
The fertiliser is, however, being tested and if the results turn out to be positive, mass production will soon begin.
The Managing Director of GGBL, Mr Seni Adetu, made this known when the Kabaga of Buganda in Uganda, His Majesty Roland Muwenda Mutebi II, paid a familiarisation visit to the company last Tuesday as part of his five-day official visit to Kumasi.
The Kabaga, who is in the country at the invitation of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, toured various sections of the company to acquaint himself with the production process.
Mr Adetu said the production of the fertiliser was part of the company’s efforts to minimise the generation of waste, adding that already carbon dioxide, a waste product, was being recycled, while plans were afoot to recycle the company’s waste water.
He stated that significant investments had been made in the company, for which reason it was now enjoying between 75 and 80 per cent market share of all drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, in the country.
“Consistently, GGBL had been rated the most celebrated business organisation in Ghana and we hope to maintain this position,” the managing director said.
He gave the assurance that the company would continue to pay serious attention to its social responsibilities, especially in the areas of education and sports.
He indicated that raw materials for its operations came mainly from northern Ghana, which served as a source of income to the people.
Mr Adetu stated that GGBL had a long relationship with the Manhyia Palace, stressing, “We hold the Asantehene in high esteem because of the many wonderful things he is doing for the progress of his people and Ghana.”
He expressed the hope that the visit of the Kabaga would further boost the relationship between Ghana and Uganda.
In an interview with the press on behalf of the Kabaga, a former Prime Minister of Uganda, Mr Godfrey Kaaya Kavuma, who is part of the King’s delegation, said the Kabaga, who left for Uganda yesterday, would be going with fond memories of Ashanti and Ghana.
“The Kabaga is happy and appreciative of the reception and hospitality of the people of Ghana,” he said.
He commended GGBL for the effective management policies put in place, which had resulted in tremendous progress in its operations.
“We have the feeling that this kind of management runs through the different facets of the Ghanaian economy,” he added.
Mr Kavuma said it was also worthy to note that most of the workers of the company were Ghanaians.