Elumis Foundation Supports Agric Ministry With 400 Solar Kits


A US-based non-governmental corporation, Elumis , has supported the Government’s flagship agricultural job, Planting For Foods and Jobs (PFJ).

The Foundation on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, donated a full of 400 photo voltaic electrical power kits to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in support of the PFJ initiative.

The strength kits are to be dispersed to nationwide under the PFJ plan who stay in communities without the need of electricity

They are to between other matters help youngsters of farmers in rural communities to study at evening.

Also, they are to assist very poor farmers join to the planet by aiding them to cost their cellular telephones.

The Africa Location Director of Elumis Basis, Dave Mehta, introduced the electricity kits to the Minister of Food items and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, on behalf of the Basis.

He expressed profound delight in the PFJ initiative which the Foundation believes is a extremely revolutionary scheme.

Dr. Afriyie-Akoto in a assertion to obtain the kits, could not disguise his satisfaction with the simple fact that the PFJ programme has been identified in the US.

He explained the donation as a “sign of terrific generosity.”

He famous that he was likely to introduce a level of competition among the villages which are into the PFJ programme.

The PFJ programme was launched in 2017 and has considerably contributed to foodstuff security and the generation of employment and enhancement in livelihoods for a number of Ghanaians nationwide.

The Agriculture Ministry remains poised to increase the programme to extra farmers.

BY Melvin Tarlue

Kufuor Honoured In Agric


Ex- President, John Agyekum Kufuor has been for his dedication to agricultural advancement and growth in the nation.

“You did not end there right after serving your country as a President. You continued to do what your moms and dads did finest – farming, which has created numerous employment for the persons,” a Citation, which was offered to the previous President by the Atwima Nwabiagya North District Assembly, go through.

“Although the intercontinental local community has identified these attempts, your motherland owes you this great gratitude.”

“You instituted and applied insurance policies that ensured the reduction of long-term hunger and poverty in the region,” it go through, citing the subsidising of agro-inputs and cost-free cocoa mass spraying.

It indicated that this experienced a optimistic effect on food stuff protection and the overall overhaul of the cocoa sector.

The programme coincided with the District’s ’ Working day at Dabaa in the Ashanti Location, hometown of the former President, who was also declared the District’s Ideal Farmer.

Oheneba Owusu Afriyie, Apagyahene, been given the citation on behalf of the previous President, as properly as other prizes, which include a tricycle, fertilizer, and knapsack sprayer.

The former President has cultivated over 200 acres of cocoa and other crops and extra than 300 sheep and cattle, among some others.

The Farmers’ Day celebration observed a lot more than 15 people today and organisations getting awards for their committed products and services and huge contributions to agricultural productivity in the country.

Mr Benito Owusu Bio, the Member of Parliament for Atwima Nwabiagya North, and Deputy Minister of Lands and Purely natural Assets, explained the Governing administration would keep on to prioritise agricultural progress to reach meals sufficiency.

“This is why the past three yrs, under the Nana Akufo-Addo-led Administration, had witnessed huge financial commitment in the sector and the rolling out of initiatives to make work opportunities and prosperity for the citizenry.”

He lauded the award winners, specially the former President, for their patriotism.

—GNA

Bawumia Opens Agric-Fair Ahead Of 35th Farmers Day Celebration In Ho


Bawumia Opens Agric-Fair Ahead of 35th Farmers Working day Celebration in Ho

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has formally launched the 35th Nationwide Farmers Day Celebration in Ho, the Volta regional capital.

The launch also opened a 7 days-long agricultural fair as part of activities marking the 2019 Farmers Day Celebration to be climaxed on Friday, December 6, 2019 by President Akufo-Addo.

Talking on the concept: “Enhancing Compact Scale Agriculture To Agribusiness Improvement,” the Vice President was worried that inspite of the massive gains built underneath the several agriculture modules, specifically Planting for Food and Careers, several eligible Ghanaians are not having edge of the opportunity. However he was psyched that agriculture is increasing with several youthful people venturing into the sector which made use of to be unattractive in the previous.

He confident that the Akufo-Addo administration will not be complacent, but instead focus on its approach to remodel and modernise the sector by investing more to increase source of seeds, fertilisers, faming implements and recruitment of Agriculture Officers.

A ton will carry on to be completed through the design and rehabilitation of dams like is becoming carried out at Pawlugu and the quite a few A person District Just one Dam tasks in the northern areas, warehouse and feeder roads throughout the place and the establishment of the Commodity Ghana Exchange aimed at boosting investing of Ghana’s agriculture generate, improving industry access, escalating sector efficiency and decreasing transaction charge.

Massive investments are also remaining made in the fissures sector to make certain some successes are chalked there far too. It is for this explanation that operate has started on 10 fish landing internet sites alongside Ghana’s coast and a Harbour at James Town.
6,500 Outboard Motors will shortly be dispersed to fishers following month, he declared.

The Agric , Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto reiterated the Vice President’s phone that gamers in the agriculture sector should embrace technological know-how and improvements that will several their manufacturing and income in quite a few folds.

He certain them of the Ministry’s support in that regard and pressured that a whole lot will be completed to make improvements to teaching, consciousness and advertising to consolidate the investments made into the sector.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta mentioned Agriculture with a lively personal sector involvement is vital in turning Ghana into an industrial and financial large, hence the cause authorities continues to create a conducive environment for personal sector to direct the way.

He as a result encouraged all investors, both area and international to frequent the Ministry for Food items and Agriculture for support on how to entry help from federal and participate in the flagship programs.

The Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa encouraged citizens to appear out in their numbers to assistance the Agric-Honest and all activities lined up for the 7 days-extended celebration.

From Fred Duodu, Ho (k.duodu@yahoo.com)

One Week Agric Fair Opens in Ho



Dr. Bawumia exchanging pleasantries with dignitaries Ghanaians have been urged to acquire locally grown rice this Xmas, on other festive events and for day-to-day intake in get to give better impetus to the agriculture sector. Apart from preserving Ghana hundreds of thousands of foreign trade, enhanced patronage of locally developed rice would bolster generation efforts, direct to increased investments, effect positively on the area economies of rice-escalating spots and help achieve rsquos goal of ending the import of rice by 2024. Vi …

Eni and Government inaugurates “Okuafo Pa” Agric training Centre


Accra, Nov 29, GNA –
Eni, an Italian multinational oil and Fuel Corporation and in collaboration with the
Authorities of Ghana have inaugurated the Okuafo Pa Agricultural Education Centre
in Dormaa East in the Bono area.

The centre is a
pilot initiative of the Africa Challenge, which aims at supporting economic
diversification in the agricultural sector by means of talent transfer and business
support, and in individual by signifies of self-sustaining agricultural consortia.

A assertion issued
to the Ghana News Agency and signed by Claudio Descalzi, Chief
Officer, Eni stated the settlement furnished for a joint definition of mechanisms
to facilitate accessibility to credit in favour of the regional communities and to use
readily available intercontinental funds to endorse sustainable development initiatives.

He explained the
initiative was aimed to realize the United Nations 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable
Development Targets (SDG), in particular on poverty top quality schooling gender
equality cleanse h2o and sanitation good work and economic advancement
accountable usage and generation and non-public general public partnerships.

He explained experienced
teaching, ability acquisition is a precondition for social and economic
advancement, and that Eni intends to play an energetic position in defining virtuous
paths for sustainable progress in the nations in which it operates.

He claimed the instruction
Centre was a concrete example of what ‘we can do if we pool our means and
people of our .’

The “Okuafo Pa
campus” extends more than an spot of 40 hectares and includes experimental
laboratories and farming spots. It would supply theoretical and sensible
vocational teaching to 800 pupils per 12 months in the agricultural, agri-foodstuff and
zoo-complex fields.

The task was
similarly increased by the collaboration with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) a
monetary establishment for international cooperation for advancement, which
would be certain the identification of the most appropriated mechanisms to obtain
credit rating, as nicely as others like Coldiretti and Bonifiche Ferraresi, which would
assure help in the commence-up of agricultural routines.

Eni and CDP, signed
a cooperation settlement for the definition of sustainable growth
initiatives in the agri-organization sector at the function.

The business and
agricultural education project was inaugurated in the presence of the viewing
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and Ghana’s Senior Minister Yaw
Osafo-Maafo.

GNA

US strives to become largest agric exporter to Ghana, West Africa


Mr Censky [R] addressing journalists in Accra on Oct 30, 2019 at the stop of the trade mission to West Africa. Hunting on is the US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sanders Sullivan 

The United States is pushing to into the exporter of agriculture and related products and solutions to Ghana and the entire West African sub region wherever which has grow to be intensely dependent on overseas imports.

The US, which is Ghana’s sixth-most significant import provider, holds 4.9 for each cent market share of Ghanaian agricultural imports, some thing the US is seeking to raise to defeat opposition from the European Union, China, Brazil, and Southeast Asia.

US agriculture export to Ghana in 2018 amounted to 101 million pounds, the third major considering the fact that 2014 when the determine stood at 150.7 million bucks.

“About Two thirds is going from Ghana to the United States and 101 million [dollars] is US export to Ghana,” US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Stephen Censky instructed journalists in Accra at the conclude of a West Africa Trade Mission in Ghana.

“We would like to have a greater share of what ever imports Ghana, as well as, West Africa imports,” he additional.

The 3-day trade mission was aimed at fostering new chances in the West African sub region where by strong economic expansion is driving need for American exports of food items and farm items.

His mission led about 40 companies from the US which held over 487 meetings with players in agriculture sector and policymakers including federal government officers in the sub location.

Agriculture trade among the US and Ghana in 2018, Mr Censky said, was all around 300 million pounds

“Most of that have been Ghanaian exports shifting above to the United States,” he claimed.

West Africa’s import for each year stands about 10 billion bucks and the US’ share of that is about 500 million cedis.

For the agriculture officials, they would have to do the job a lot more to get a greater share of the volume.

On the again of that, Mr Censky mentioned the US will perform in the direction of delivering the import needs of Ghana and the overall West African bloc, saying “so we are fascinated to meet[ing] those import requirements whatsoever they are”.

“We are also fascinated in creating guaranteed that for people foodstuff requirements that we can consider and supply from the United States,” he added.

Nevertheless some critics say imports could influence neighborhood industries and toss the overall economy out of gear, Mr Censky mentioned held or else.

“US import a whole lot of meals ourselves…” he claimed, “one can continue to import meals and however be successful”.

A US Section of Agriculture report claimed “global snack foods imports by Ghana are expected to enhance as Ghanaian households wish additional quickly-available foods products” due to rising middle course population.

For him the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, the need “is a indicator of rising incomes”, adding “as individuals have rising incomes, they want less complicated obtain to now created meals that are organized or uncomplicated to put together and that is a fantastic sign”.

Ghanaian organizations in the production sector could also acquire benefit of the increasing demand from customers to hard cash in, he explained.

“I think what you will also see, is Ghanaian companies that are responding to that escalating need”.

“You have imports that can provide aspect of that need to have but you also have domestic productions Ghanaian businesses that are intrigued in production food stuff products and solutions, could meet up with that needs as effectively and I feel it’s a great difficulty to have”.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3information.com|Ghana

Agric Minister Hot Over ‘Derogatory’ Comments On Northerners


The NDC in the Savanna Location is up in arms versus responses produced by Agriculture Minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, that northerners have roof in excess of their heads due to the fact of planting for Meals and Work opportunities programme.

The Agric Minister in a current interview sought to propose that a lot of persons up north recruited into the Planting for Food stuff and Employment System and as a final result, have been able to roof homes with modernized roofing sheets, cement block properties and acquire motorbikes.

A assertion signed by Malik Basintale, Communications Officer for the NDC in the Savanna Location, described the feedback as regrettable and disrespectful.

According to the assertion, NPP has ventured into a derogatory spree and intentionally subjected the 5 northern areas to insults and denigrations to disrespect indigenes there. In latest time previous, former deputy minister for Agric, Mr. William Quaitoo also rein insults on northerners.

It mentioned, beside the responses by the minister staying bogus, it tends to disregard the northern people as humans.

“We locate these statements extremely insulting and grossly disrespectful to us indigenes of the Northern parts of the place and as this sort of we give the minister for food and agriculture Mr. Owusu Afriyie-Akoto, an ultimatum of 24several hours to retract and apologize for the denigration or experience the outcomes.”

“Failure to do so, we phone for his outright dismissal and demand an unqualified apology from the authorities for the misconduct,” it extra.

Shockingly, the acclaim saviour: planting for food items and work opportunities has not benefitted a one soul in the location, the mentioned.

“We problem the minister for foods and Agriculture, Mr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto to issue to us one person and one particular farm that has been effective in the planting for food and work method up north and the cement residences created, the modernized roofing sheets utilised and the motorbikes acquired as a final result of the system.”

Job Vacancy For Agric Extension Officers – Current Jobs in Ghana


Targets of Placement:

• To guarantee the powerful dissemination, implementation and adoption of great environmentally welcoming agronomic tactics to members to improve the smallholder ’ information about crop methods to increase productiveness.
• To work with the Agriculture officer to generate public recognition on essential agricultural challenges (specially the pros of regional output, high-quality, local climate alter and security), as nicely as to talk all factors of the Venture to a extensive vary of stakeholders.
• To execute any other obligations as needed by the Agriculture officer.

Qualification Necessary & Encounter

• Diploma or B.Sc. in agriculture-relevant classes.
• Encounter in crop creation is an included edge.

Needed Techniques

• Sturdy interaction, presentation and liaison and interpersonal competencies tactfulness
• Keen interest and know-how of farming and environmental concerns
• Know-how of, and working experience in, the application of Good Agricultural Methods (Hole)
• An open, versatile and progressive performing model
• Ability to take initiative and perform with no frequent supervision.

Location: Accra

How To Utilize For The Occupation

Candidates must post the two CV and include letter stating in the subject of the email, the vacancy applying for to:

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Closing Date: 26 November, 2019

Agric Minister’s Statement On Nandom Youth Leadership Visit To Him Misleading — Nandom NDC


The interaction outfit of the NDC in the Nandom constituency refers to a statement built by the Minister for Foods and Agriculture, Hon Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, as deceptive.

The minister posted the assertion on his facebook wall on Sunday, 21st October, 2019. The exact same statement was revealed by Peacefmonline.com on 22nd October, 2019.

The minister claimed, “These gentlemen, who signify the youth teams, traveled all the way from Nandom in the Higher West Region to specific their gratitude to the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, for the implementation of the flagship Planting for Food stuff and Work programme of which they are beneficiaries”.

The gentlemen in the photograph who are plainly discovered as the constituency NPP youth organiser and his fellas paraded by themselves as management of youth groups in Nandom which in accordance to the interaction outfit of the NDC, is blatant lie.

The NDC communication outfit of the Nandom constituency for that reason named on the minister to reframe his assertion to erase the erroneous effect established on Nandom Youth Groups.

Down below is the comprehensive push release:
22/10/2019
Push Release
Nandom Constituency NDC Interaction Bureau, Upper West Region

The NDC Conversation bureau of the Nandom constituency has intercepted a publication on the Fb wall of the Minister and peacefmonline.com on 20th and 21st Oct, 2019 respectively which is pretty deceptive to the normal general public. The minister wrote, “These gentlemen, who depict the youth groups, traveled all the way from Nandom in the Upper West Area to categorical their gratitude to the minister for Food and Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, for the implementation of the flagship Planting for Meals and Work opportunities programme of which they are beneficiaries”.

The publication factors to photographs of some youthful gentlemen who paraded themselves as leaders of youth teams in Nandom symbolizing their individual’s teams at the Minister’s office to categorical their gratitude to the minister on behalf of their teams as they benefitted drastically from the minister’s Planting For foods and Positions job in the district.

We want to state vehemently and without having mincing words and phrases, that the shots of the youthful men who parade themselves as leaders of Nandom youth groups in generality is a blatant lie and misleading.

The young adult men in the image are the Nandom NPP Constituency Youth Organiser, Patrick Nakpenaa, his driver, Aa-Inir Emmanuel (Agbonka), his sale’s boy, Mohammed Mujaidu and his errand boy. The other male in smock is the minister in demand of Agriculture at the presidency, Dr Gyielle Nura, from Nandom-Guo and Hon. Akoto Owusu Afriyie and his officer.

We are extremely astonished these men have deliberately deceived the minister of Agriculture the way they did. If certainly these NPP guys are the beneficiaries of the ’s Planting For Foods and Careers job, then we are in severe disaster as a place. We considered the venture was to gain all Ghanaians. In all sincerity, most of the youth teams in the district are not element of the beneficiaries of this job as the younger males in the image find to generate.

It ought to be mentioned evidently that the youthful males in the picture are not leaders of any youth groups in Nandom aside from their political get together, the NPP. So it is in truth conspicuous that the NPP constituency youth organiser and some of his men represented their party youth teams and not the youth teams in generality in Nandom. We indeed confess that it is excellent to exhibit gratitude to any human being who will help you in in any case but that really should be performed truly.

We will have to make it very clear that the Organizing For Food and Work fertilizer smuggling spree that strike the region still left Nandom in no exception. Bulk of the in the Nandom district struggled to get fertilizer to farm the two previous calendar year and this 12 months. We can remember some concern citizens in the district alleged the wanton smuggling of the fertilizers into Burkina Faso but as we talk, no investigations has been carried out to that influence to ascertain regardless of whether or not it was real.

We are hence tempted to believing that the posturing of these younger males is a deliberate endeavor to include-up the fertilizer smuggling spree that strike the district.

We as a result contact on the Agric minister to reframe his statement acquiring been informed the real truth now. We are also calling on the common public to handle the publication by the Agric minister as misleading and a deliberate attempt by the NPP youthful adult males in the photo to score low cost political details with their lies.

Abdul Rahman Yakubu
Constituency NDC Interaction Officer

Set guaranteed minimum price for agric produce — Tony Oteng Gyasi


Organization News of Monday, 23 September 2019

Resource: citibusinessnews.com

Tony Oteng Gyasi78.jpegPresident of the Affiliation of Industries, Tony Oteng-

Govt, really should as a subject of priority, established a confirmed minimal price for the develop of youthful people today in agriculture in purchase to make it beautiful.

This is the assertion of previous President of the Association of Ghana Industries, Tony Oteng-Gyasi. According to him, these a go is required to revolutionize agriculture.

He created these remarks when speaking at the Citi Television/FM Ghana Increasing Meeting.

“Agriculture is the just one market wherever the larger the the a lot less money you have at the conclude of the day since if there is a foundation bumper harvest, the rate of maize collapses,” he mentioned.

He additional, “So what then is the incentive to grow your enter? So, the good results of agriculture depends on incentives in a way some countries have managed it perfectly recognizing that they even now need to have the make for uncooked resources.

“You assurance the farmer that no matter what takes place, no matter how large the harvest, I will pay you this minimal sum of revenue and that amount should be set to give the farmer not just a gain but a financial gain greater than what he would have gotten if he had set his revenue in the bank”.

“Those are spots wherever farmers have to have guidance and you give that promise minimum price tag so all that the younger farmer heading in has to know is that if I can generate five thousand baggage of maize then I will get I’m going to get five million dollars, that is what we want to get worried about, he stressed.

51 Ghanaian Students Back From Agric Training In Israel


Some 51 students have returned residence from an agriculture instruction programme in .

They still left the region in 2018 for a functional agriculture teaching across cooperative farms in Israel named kibbutz.

The schooling lasted for a time period of 11 months and delivered the Ghanaian pupils the opportunity to receive expertise in greenhouse farming, among the other folks.

They were being been given on arrival at the Kotoka Intercontinental Airport (KIA) on Sunday night time, September 8, 2019, by the Acting Main Director of the Ministry of Foods And Agriculture, Robert Patrick Ankobiah.

They thanked the President of Ghana and all stakeholders for the option presented them, pledging to use the capabilities they have acquired to support countrywide enhancement.

Mr. Ankobiah was constructive that they would contribute drastically to the growth of Ghana’s economy with the know-how they have obtained in Agriculture.

With their arrival, the way has been paved for an supplemental 70 agriculture graduates from Ghana to travel to Israel this calendar year for the very same realistic training programme.
The 70 are to depart Ghana in September 2019 and return by August 2020.

When they arrive in Israel, they are anticipated to be connected to the cooperative farms, the place they would operate for five days on the discipline and one day in a classroom, each individual week.

The instruction software is a partnership in between Ghana and the Point out of Israel.

The maximize in Ghana’s quota to 70 in 2019, claims the Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Shani Cooper-Zubida, was dependent on the superb perform of the initial batch of Ghanaians despatched to Israel.

The 70 are aspect of graduates who have already gone through a a few-thirty day period coaching in greenhouse know-how.

They are amid a full of 1,600 learners from Asia, South The united states and Africa who would be connected to host farmers who are expected to educate them in a variety of sorts of agricultural methods such as irrigation, aquaculture, vegetable farming, among the other individuals.

BY Melvin Tarlue

Use Agric Digitization to Leapfrog Africa’s Development


Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu

Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has identified as on African leaders to use digitization, particularly in the spot of agriculture, to leapfrog the continent’s financial progress.

In a speech read on his behalf at the opening of the 2019 African Environmentally friendly Revolution Forum, (AGRF), in Accra, Dr. Bawumia reported the electronic age provides an additional prospect for Africa to speedy forward its progress particularly in agriculture.

He stated African governments nonetheless have to have to display political will by investing in digitization and making the enabling ecosystem for the effective application of innovation.

“It is additional about the eyesight and political will, it is also about our enterprise to innovate,” he said.

Touching on the theme for the 4-working day convention, ‘Grow Electronic: Leveraging Electronic Transformation to Drive Sustainable Food stuff Units In Africa’, Dr. Bawumia mentioned that almost just about every country in the globe has long gone by means of an agricultural revolution on the path to its economic transformation introducing that Africa will be no exception.

He said  although Africa need to consider the identical journey it should not consider the same path as the Continent can do it a lot more successfully and in a sustainable way by constructing on local realities, lessons from the past and from somewhere else and through innovations.

Dr. Bawumia explained the adoption and application of electronic systems in agric such as registration inputs, distribution, sector information, soil and farm mapping, , advisory services, irrigation procedure administration, real time weather forecast, surveillance at sea and the forest parts is a vital indicator of Africa’s economic transformation.

“It is refreshing to notice that previously there are lots of African nations like Rwanda, South Africa, Mauritania, Senegal, and Kenya firmly on the path of digitization and are reaping the involved advantages,” he claimed.

The Vice president stated has also commenced benefiting from digitization of its financial sectors including that the region is recording elevated earnings from its ports as nicely as e-commerce thanks to the thriving implementation of its electronic guidelines.

He claimed AGRF 2019 thus sets the phase for Africa to pull collectively stakeholders in the agribusiness sector to talk about how procedures can be used to sustain the continents agriculture transformation through digitization.

He encouraged participants to look at the boundaries that still encounter several nations around the world in Africa in the use of facts and technological know-how, encouraging them to tackle concerns like weak infrastructure, inadequate primary literacy and numeracy and the weighing menace of cyber crime and insecurity.

“These challenges highlight existing gaps in Africa’s digitization attempts and they underscore the urgent need for the paradigm shift from the existing manual techniques to a regime of digitization specifically in Agriculture mainly because of the pivotal purpose it performs in the overall economy,” he included.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

Akufo-Addo presents equipment to Wulensi Agric Mechanization Centre


Common Information of Sunday, 18 August 2019

Source: kasapafmonline.com

Akufo Addo EquipmentPresident of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa -Addo minimize the ribbon on the tools

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has introduced agricultural devices to the Agricultural Mechanisation at Wulensi, in the Northern Area.

The machines, comprising tractors, energy tillers, harvesters, ploughs, among some others, were presented by the President on Friday, 16th August 2019, as element his 2-day tour of the Northern Region.

The Minister for Foods and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, who was also at the gathering, stated that the NPP federal government below President Kufour commenced making Agricultural Mechanisation centres all around the region, and by the time he left office environment in 2008, the nation had 78 of such centres.

He pointed out, nevertheless, that all these centres went less than spoil under the governments of the Nationwide Democratic Congress “because of the lack of spare parts and absence of routine maintenance.”

Upon the assumption of workplace of President Akufo-Addo, the Agric Minister stated that “given the recognition of the importance of agriculture as a implies of reworking the economic system of this country, we chose the system that we are heading to emphasis on smallholdings.”

The coverage, he extra, is operating and it truly is becoming reflected in improved output, enhanced productiveness, abundance of food stuff, stressing that “this yr, we are expecting a substantial bumper crop all-around the country like Wulensi and our exports to our neighbouring countries are going to preserve on climbing.”

The Minister for Agriculture mentioned that sustaining this development will involve mechanising “critical parts of the smaller holder’s activity.”

Therefore considerably, he famous that 235 models of tractors and a 1,000 units of electrical power tillers have been brought into the place for the institution of these centres throughout the country.

“These are just what we have brought below, and we’ve brought into this country 1,000. And 1,000 is not ample, we are going by means of the final tranche of the Brazilian facility, we are likely to enhance that amount to 2000. So that as several of you can have access to these electric power tillers,” he mentioned.

The electric power tillers, he explained, are intended for smallholders.

“The tractors that we’ve introduced in is for medium to big measurement commercial farmers. So, what we have completed is that, in collaboration with the of regional governing administration, 35 District Assemblies are to profit, and this district was one particular of them,” Dr. Owusu Afriyie mentioned.

He ongoing, “That is why you have your share of the initial provide of equipment. We are also providing to 50 farmers groups close to the state, and the relaxation can go to particular person big farms or a scaled-down group of farms. By January, we are hoping that we get a lot more.”

Akufo-Addo presents equipment to Wulensi Agric Mechanisation Centre


Akufo-Addo presents equipment to Wulensi Agric Mechanisation Centre

Akufo-Addo presents equipment to Wulensi Agric Mechanisation Centre

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has introduced agricultural machines to the Agricultural Mechanisation Centre at in the Northern Region.

The gear, comprising tractors, energy tillers, harvesters, ploughs, amongst others, have been presented by the President on Friday, August 16, as aspect his two-day tour.

The for Meals and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, who was also at the accumulating, said that the NPP authorities of John Agyekum Kufour commenced building agricultural mechanisation centres around region, and by the time he still left office in 2008, the state experienced 78 of these kinds of centres.

He pointed out, on the other hand, that all these centres went less than damage less than the governments of the Countrywide Democratic Congress “because of the deficiency of spare sections and absence of maintenance”.

Upon the assumption of office of President Akufo-Addo, the Agric Minister said that “given the recognition of the relevance of agriculture as a indicates of transforming the economic system of this country, we selected the method that we are heading to concentration on little holdings.”

The coverage, he extra,  is performing and its being reflected in enhanced output, enhanced productivity, abundance of food stuff, stressing that “this year, we are anticipating a massive bumper crop close to the nation together with Wulensi and our exports to our neighbouring nations is heading to hold on climbing.”

The Minister for Agriculture mentioned that sustaining this progress will involve mechanising “critical regions of the compact holder’s action.”

So significantly, he mentioned that 235 units of tractors, and a 1,000 models of ability tillers have been brought into the region for the establishment of these centres throughout the state.

“These are particularly what we have introduced in this article, and we’ve introduced into this country 1,000. And 1,000 is not more than enough, we are heading by way of the very last tranche of the Brazilian facility, we are going to maximize that quantity to 2000. So that as several of you can have access to these power tillers,” he said.

The power tillers, he stated, are meant for smaller holders.

“The tractors that we’ve introduced in is for medium to significant sizing commercial . So, what we’ve accomplished is that, in collaboration with the Ministry of local federal government, 35 District Assemblies are to gain, and this district was a single of them,” Dr. Owusu Afriyie said.

He continued, “That is why you have your share of the preliminary provide of equipment. We are also providing to 50 farmers teams all around the nation, and the rest can go to person massive farms or scaled-down group of farms. By January, we are hoping that we get additional.”

Source: JHCB

Nana Addo Inaugurates Agric Mechanization Center In Wulensi


President Akufo-Addo has handed around an agriculture equipment to the Wulensi District.

The equipment is underneath the Agric Program.

Mr. Akufo-Addo said agriculture machinery beneath the Agric Mechanization Method was an crucial pillar for the Planting for Food items and Positions system.

“We are likely to maximize the mechanization facilities so that will have the equipments to be capable to modernize their methods and tactics to grow agriculture into the 20 seventh century,” he claimed.

In accordance to the President , agriculture was on the drop when he arrived into office but in just two and half several years, his administration has been able to enhance agriculture not only with bumper harvest but Ghana exporting food items to neighboring nations.

FROM Eric Kombat, Wulensi

China: NAFCO CEO receives Business & Leadership Award in Agric.


Mr. Abdul-Wahab displaying his award.

The sterling performance by a person of President Nana Addo Dankwa Addo’s appointees in the Food stuff and Agriculture sector carry on to draw in commendations from the two residence and abroad.

The African Organization Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) and the West African Regional Magazine (TWARM) at the weekend honored the Main Government of the Nationwide Food items Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO), Mr. Hanan Abdul-Wahab with the West African Regional Magazine (TWARM) Business & Leadership Award.

The honor, a distinctive recognition award in the agriculture sector and for sustainable food items stability in Ghana was in recognition of Mr. Abdul-Wahab’s leadership purpose in turning about the fortunes of the condition food stuff stability organization, from an nearly collapsed entity to now a lively earnings-making business.

Mr. Abdul-Wahab was among 14 people today and organisations honoured on the sidelines of 6th Business Dialogue in Shanghai, above the weekend arranged by African Company Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) and the West African Regional Journal (TWARM).

Mr. Abdul-Wahab was appointed CEO of NAFCO in 2017 and has so significantly been credited with various gains including expansion and will increase in further warehouses and pack-residences to raise meals commodity storage nationwide.

With the graduation of the implementation of the Cost-free Senior Superior Faculty programme, govt made a decision to assign NAFCO the duty of food stuff offer to all point out Higher Colleges for the feeding of learners, a cost NAFCO is commonly believed to have done creditably contributing to the total good results of the Cost-free SHS plan.

NAFCO’s general performance over the previous three decades is also mentioned to have created about 3,000 direct jobs through its Certified Purchasers and Accredited Suppliers schemes and around 10,000 oblique employment for Warehouse employees, Loaders, farmers, motorists and other artisans.

“This is in recognition of your laudable efficiency in NAFCO, which has aided to accelerate progress in the agriculture sector of Ghana, and for safeguarding sustainable foods in the country”, the quotation accompanying the award reported.

NAFCO was set up in 2010 and tasked with important roles of dealing with govt crisis meals program and aid in the avoidance of Put up-harvest loses by buying, promoting, preserving and distributing food items.

It is also dependable for mopping up excessive from farmers, aid the export of surplus stock, increasing the need for foods grown in Ghana by promoting to condition institutions this sort of as educational institutions, prisons, hospitals, armed forces and develop and manage Warehouses and Pack-homes.

By efficiently endeavor the earlier mentioned, NAFCO is anticipated to enable lowers put up-harvest loses, guards farmer’s revenue, guarantees farmers secure and appropriate costs and ready market place and assist in stabilizing demand from customers and source of food commodities.

Talking at the award ceremony, an definitely elated NAFCO boss thanked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo for the prospect granted him by his appointment to add in direction of food sustainability and security in Ghana in unique and West Africa in common.

He solicited aid for government’s constant remain in workplace to permit it complete “the socially prudent and economically lively guidelines it has embarked upon”.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM/NAFCO

Investment in agric to yield massive dividends soon – NAFCO CEO


Mr. Hanan Abdul-Wahab addressing the event

The federal government of Ghana suggests it anticipates enormous dividends quickly from its considerable investment decision into the agriculture in excess of the previous 3 several years.

“We are anticipating a modernized agricultural sector typically, but we also be expecting abundance of meals, enhanced livelihood for our farmers and fisher-folks, provision of adequate infrastructure to aid transportation of agricultural create, storage, processing and a reduction of importations to a considerable level,” CEO of condition-owned Countrywide Food Buffer Stock Firm (NAFCO), Mr. Hanan Abdul-Wahab claimed.

He was addressing the Africa –China Dialogue in Shanghai, China over the weekend.

This year’s Dialogue, the 6th version, was structured by the African Organization Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) and the West African Regional Magazine (TWARM).

The party was attended by mostly Chinese, Asian and African Organization Leaders, Traders, Policymakers and Financing institutions and reviewed large range of problems meant to mitigate challenges of accomplishing business enterprise in Africa.

Mr. Abdul-Wahab advised the collecting about various interventions carried out by governing administration of Ghana through the Ministries of Foodstuff and Agriculture, Fisheries, Trade and Business and the Ministry of Distinctive Improvement Initiatives back to what he identified as the “glorious times of agriculture in Ghana”.

In accordance to him, while programmes these types of as Planting for Meals and , Planting for Export and Rural Development and Rearing for are intended to revolutionarise agriculture, whip up the desire and participation of younger and organization-minded persons and really encourage work technology through farming and its linked benefit-chain while the Rearing for Foodstuff and Careers aims to create the livestock industry.

He claimed ongoing jobs by the Ministries of Particular Enhancement Initiatives and Food items and Agriculture to rehabilitate and build new Warehouses under the A single District-One Warehouse Initiative will go a long way to enhance the country’s food stability attempts getting spearheaded by his outfit, the National Food stuff Buffer Stock Business.

“Barring any  unexpected instances, we are hoping to augment the potential of our food reserve by 80,000 tons much more by the finish of this 12 months, many thanks to government’s devoted consideration to agriculture”, he reported.

Mr. Abdul-Wahab, himself an Agricultural Engineer and a Publish-Harvest pro, explained 500,000 metric tones of both equally natural and inorganic fertilizer subsidies some GHC 400 million to a person million farmers will consolidate gains produced in the cereals and legume crops sector in the prior two years of the present-day administration.

On Agriculture investment decision more than the last couple several years, Mr. Abdul-Wahab explained government’s conclusion to expend $216 million on machinery is laudable due to the fact it will assistance remodel agriculture to a modernized standing to make it a lot more competitive.

He counseled President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo for the leadership exhibited so considerably which has tremendously benefited the agricultural sector.

Other speakers at the occasion involved the Consular-Common of the Nigeria to Shanghai, Anderson Madubike Co-Founder of JetSpeed, Jennifer QianHua and the Director of Africa Business Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Yomi Olowe.

The African Business enterprise Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) encourages organization and investment decision collaboration among Africa and China.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM/NAFCO

Ghana Partners China To Develop Agric Sector


Dr. Afriyie Akoto talking at the celebration

The Government of through the Ministry of Food stuff and Agriculture is partnering with the Chinese governing administration to improve productiveness of the agriculture sector particularly the cocoa subsector.

Minister of Foodstuff and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto manufactured this acknowledged on Monday, July 8, 2019, in Accra whilst speaking at a CEO and Government Breakfast Insight Series less than the topic: ‘From Bean Exporter To Main Chocolate Exporter – Going Ghana Past Aid’.

According to the Minister, the Ghana-China partnership would assistance to create a market in China for Ghana cocoa.
He disclosed that Chinese buyers have pledged to give a grant of $60 million to make a cocoa processing plant in Sefwi Wiaso.

The Minister added that “again it’s altering. I have just appear back from China less than 10 days back. The narrative now is that we are ready to go to the $100 million for this plant.”

Chinese private organizations are expected to be invited to devote additional $60 million, adding that discussions are going on.

He observed the require to move absent from buying and selling cocoa beans to buying and selling cocoa products and solutions, with the watch to assisting shift Ghana Further than Aid.

In accordance to him, federal government was wanting at shifting to non-standard marketplaces including China, Morocco, to sell its cocoa solutions.

He pressured that authorities was established to improve cocoa as the mono-crop of the financial system, observing that there ended up two procedures to alter the status quo.

The Minister unveiled “I been to China several occasions, the final results are commencing to exhibit. We have been all around , Morocco, South and so on and we are cultivating these marketplaces and I can inform you that the responses are fantastic. The planet is completely ready to acquire our sweets, our products in the non-conventional parts of Asia, and the some others.”

Non-public Community Partnership

“And we ought to just take utmost benefit that optimum edge calls for your involvement as non-public sector businesses that you will make investments in these areas.”

“The central concern for us is that it is well and excellent to have non-public sector due to the fact our party is the personal sector social gathering. From 1947 from in which our origin will come from, our get together has often stood for non-public sector.

Prof Douglas Boateng CEO of PanAvest, urged Ghana and Cote d’ Ivoire to shift their consideration away from just trading in the cocoa beans to buying and selling in other areas of cocoa.

He stated that cocoa pods were remaining blended with cement in nations like Malaysia for development performs, revealing also that cocoa was becoming applied for the manufacturing of socks.

BY Melvin Tarlue & Susana Bart- Plange

Five tips on how to harness the agric value chain


As section of the Citi Enterprise Festival’s on-air sequence, the Citi Breakfast Show hosted agribusiness expert Kwasi Korboe who spoke on how to harness the agriculture price to enjoy utmost positive aspects.

Listed here is his presentation distilled into five essential details.

  • Understand the price chain

“The chain constructs the full activity all-around a selected commodity.”

Kwasi Korboe pressured the will need for farmers to fully grasp the agriculture benefit chain concentrating on knowledge the , costing exploration, transportation, among other folks, to acquire clearer actions towards achievements and prosperity creation.

  • Examine price addition holistically

“People say you have often got to increase price. Value addition comes in so numerous approaches.”

He notes that farmers can include worth to their goods on numerous amounts in the food sector. He urged farmers to look at the aesthetics, of the products, sweetness and even dimensions.

  • Never rush into infrastructure

“You do not buy gear that you use once and it sits there. You would go bankrupt.”

Kwasi Korboe urged farmers to purchase equipment and expand infrastructure dependent on the scale of operations. Never invest in devices that you won’t use or you’ll hardly ever use, he encouraged.

  • Deliver to fulfill global benchmarks

“You have received to satisfy requirements and consumers now need what is very best.”

The expert recommended farmers to attempt for excellence through the value chain so as to stand a likelihood on the world-wide marketplace. Benefit addition and regularity are essential in this regard, he advised.

Kwasi Korboe reminded farmers that they also will need to make investments in their ventures if they hope to experience the fruits of their labour.