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The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) leads the way in helping Ghana to achieve a green revolution by boosting small-scale farming in the country.
With a vision to make Africa food-secured, AGRA is moving agricultural products from input suppliers to farmers’ fields and ultimately to consumers’ tables, thereby contributing to development of the country’s agriculture sector.
At a recent Agriculture Investment Forum held in Accra, Mr. Abdulai Antiko, the Director of Antika Company Ltd, reiterated the contribution of AGRA to the development of many seed companies including his organisation.
He stated the positive impact that AGRA is making in his business: “I am very happy and grateful to AGRA because their support to my seed business has evolved from production to harvesting, to transportation, to processing and finally to packaging.
With AGRA, my yields have moved from 30 to over 300 tonnes and are in high demand because our seeds are high-yielding, as well as drought and pest-resistant.”
For many seed companies like Antika, AGRA not only supports them with capital but also provides them with the requisite training to increase their yields. Thousands of people have also been given jobs directly and indirectly as dealers and distributors of certified seeds, pesticides and fertilisers.
With the support of AGRA, agriculture is being transformed through the requisite knowledge and technology. Labouring so much manually for farm produce is gradually becoming a thing of the past, as many farmers are being equipped by AGRA with modern methods of farming.
With several investment initiatives for many Agro-dealers such as Agri-Evo, several small-scale farmers can easily access high quality chemicals, vegetable seeds, weedicides and fertilisers for increased farm productivity.
Commenting on the impact of AGRA’s support on his business, Mr. Fred Sagoe, the director of Agri-Evo, noted: “With support from AGRA, we now have quality farm inputs like seeds, fertilisers and pesticides.
Our knowledge in the sector has improved and we are very happy and wish to thank AGRA for its support to our business.” Many agro-dealers, just like Mr. Sagoe, could not hide their joy as they proudly exhibited their agro-products at the forum.
Dr. David Sarfo Ameyaw, AGRA’s Director of Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation, reiterated AGRA’s commitment to helping millions of small-scale farmers and their families to lift themselves out of poverty and hunger in Ghana and across Africa.
The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa has so far invested over US$28million in 36 initiatives across the country to develop the sector. AGRA advocates for policies that support its work across all key aspects of the African agricultural value-chain -- ¬from seeds, soil health and water to markets and agricultural education.
For many small-scale farmers, the contribution of AGRA to the development of their farming and business activities is enormous. As they showcased their yields at the forum, one could really see the fulfilment that AGRA’s investments have brought to their families.