Sierra Leone - Fruit Juice
Project location: Newton, Sierra Leone
Partners: Tropical food Machinery Srl (TFM), Africa Felix Ltd. (AFJ), First Step, Inc. (FS)
Project budget: Euro 1,499,601
External financing: 60% grant funding by PSI
Project period: August 2010 - July 2013
This project has established a tropical fruit concentrate facility for pineapple and mango for export. A joint venture has been established between the partners.
Outgrower farmers have been trained in fruit cultivation for processing and a logistic system for efficient fruit collection has been developed. Fruits are processed into concentrate.
The production facility has been located in the First Step Special Economic Zone, within easy reach of Freetown port, sufficiently close to the production areas. This ensures the facility will be quickly linked to the capital electricity grid, have paved road access and appropriate security.