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President Akufo-Addo visits Amantin Agro Processing Company Limited

President Akufo – Addo on Tuesday September 8, 2020 visited Amantin Agro Processing Company Limited in the Bono East Region to inspect the progress of work and also familiarise himself with the operations of the factory. The inspection forms part of activities of his two-day tour of the region.

President Akufo-Addo was received by Hon Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen (Minister of Trade and Industry), Mr. Lawrence Agyinsam (CEO of GHANA EXIMBANK) as well as Mr. William Oppong-Bio, Mr. Ohene-Menyah and Mr. Peter Oppong-Bio who constitute the leadership of the facility. They took him round the operational areas and explained the processes and the extent of progress on the construction work being done. He assured them of adequate support to make their operations more effective.


Agri-Impact Consult is the lead among seven organizations implementing the AGRA funded Ghana Cassava Industrialization Partner Project. Under the GCIPP project, AIC as value chain facilitator strengthen the supply chain for Amantin Agro Processing Company Limited. AIC has mobilized over 25,000 smallholder cassava farmers to cultivate more than 26,000 acres for the supply of fresh cassava roots high-yielding in starch. The farmers mobilized have been further organized into out-grower groups to ensure sustainable supply of cassava.

Amantin Agro Processing Company Limited is the key off-taker that would provide ready market for smallholder cassava farmers in the Bono East region. In addition to its 16,000 acres nucleus farm, an input-credit scheme facilitated by Agri-Impact Consult commenced this planting season. The factory is 90% complete and plans to test run in the next two to three months.

 

GCIPP is a market driven agricultural transformation programme that aims to catalyze and sustain an inclusive agricultural transformation in Ghana to increase incomes and improve household food security through consistent supply and processing of cassava for both industrial and food uses. The programme seeks to deliver inclusive multi-disciplinary intervention through a consortium of 7 partners providing markets, agro-input business solutions, market information systems and technical training and FBO strengthening

The president praised the private sector for taking full advantage of the 1D1F initiative. Mr. Daniel Fahene Acquaye, CEO of Agri-Impact Consult serves as the 1D1F consultant to the factory which is expected to create direct and indirect job opportunities for over 500 factory workers and over 200 tractor operators. Many farmers will double their incomes and revenues as a result of the direct market provided by the factory.

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His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Commissions YUGEP – KNUST

The Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, over the weekend commissioned the Youth in Greenhouse Enterprise Project – KNUST. The greenhouses sited on KNUST campus is funded by Ghana EXIMBANK and implemented by Agri-Impact Consult. The project seeks to promote investment in greenhouse technology; production of high quality produce which would cut down considerably persistent importation of vegetables and creation of sustainable and viable jobs for the teeming youth in the urban and peri-urban areas across the country. The commissioning had in attendance members of the University Council headed by the Vice Chancellor Professor Akosua Dickson, other dignitaries and diplomats from all walks of life.

Delivering his remarks at the ceremony, His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, encouraged beneficiaries to embrace greenhouse technology and develop passion for the path they have chosen. He stated that Greenhouse technology is increasingly becoming a part of our agricultural space and was impressed by the fact that the process is being championed by graduates from the university. He reiterated that the future belongs to the youth and should not take for granted the opportunity handed down to them.

 

The Asantehene expressed his gratitude to Donors (GHANA EXIMBANK), The team from   Agri-Impact Consult, Beneficiaries  and other key stakeholders for a good work done.

 

Youth Greenhouse Enterprise Project (YuGEP) is an initiative of Ghana EXIMBANK to promote investment in Greenhouse vegetable production,with Agri-Impact as the consulting and management firm for the project. It involves construction and installation of one hundred (100) greenhouses in Ashanti, Greater Accra, Volta, Central, Western and Eastern regions to produce fresh vegetables for the domestic market. The project is providing technical and financial assistance to at least One hundred (100) young entrepreneurs including tertiary graduates to own and manage the greenhouses.

 

 

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VC PARTICIPATES IN YUGEP – UCC FIRST HARVEST

The Executive Council of the University of Cape Coast, headed by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Ghartey paid a visit to the cluster of Greenhouses constructed with funding from EXIMBank Ghana under the project christened Youth in Greenhouse Enterprise Programme(YUGEP). The visit was to monitor progress of on-going production of vegetables which had started in earnest at the site.

Prof. Ghartey praised the Agri-Impact Consult Team for the strong efforts in promoting Agriculture and most especially Greenhouse technology, which has prospects of creating employment opportunities for the youth. In the speech delivered, He stated “we are most grateful to Ghana EXIMBANK for providing funds to initiate this strategic project, and also to Agri-Impact Consult for their technical support. I am very happy that Agriculture in Ghana is coming up really good. I have seen this elsewhere but never thought I will see it here. It has always been our dream of having something like this in future but the future is now because we are seeing it live and colored.”

Vice Chancellor, UCC

He also encouraged the University community to be clients and patronise such quality vegetables. “We have finally come to the stage of harvesting and we must buy and encourage others outside the university to do likewise”.
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Production has began in all ten constructed greenhouses on the University campus. A minimum of six tonnes of vegetables is expected to be generated per production cycle.

First harvest.

Ten beneficiaries have been trained and assigned to managing these greenhouses. Vegetables being produced include tomato, cucumber and sweet pepper

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Greenhouse Technology Service Provider, Agri Impact Consult Supports COVID 19 Fight In Berekusu

The leading Greenhouse technology service provider in Ghana, Agri -Impact Consult has responded to a call for support and donated items, both cash and in-kind amounting to twenty thousand Ghana cedis (GHS 20,000) to the Berekuso Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound in Brekusu.

Presenting the items, Mrs Juliana Asante-Dartey, a director of the firm said “AIC believes in giving back to the community and leading by example. I urged our community to observe the strict protocols and preventive measures declared by the government to prevent further spread of the COVID 19 virus.

Receiving the items, Mrs. Emily Osman, Acting Municipal Director of the Ghana Health Services, Akwapim South expressed her appreciation to the company and called upon other corporate bodies to emulate the gesture.

The items presented included a sum of 15,731.00 GHC and sanitary materials (I.e. Hand sanitizers, liquid soap, detergents, paper towels, toilet rolls.)

AIC is the leading Agribusiness firm in Ghana and has established the Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Training Institute and a Greenhouse production and Training Centre at Berekuso offering training for youth, investors and institutions. The centre has trained more than 200 young graduates under Ghana EXIM Bank Youth in Greenhouse Enterprise Project.

It presented these supplies to the medical facility in fulfilment of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility to communities and its support to combat COVID-19.

story by peacefmonline.com

 

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AGRI- IMPACT CONSULT (AIC) donates GHS20,000 including COVID-19 related Materials to the Berekuso CHP’s Compound

The Berekuso Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound was supplied with the sum of 15,731.00 GHC and sanitary materials; Hand sanitizers, liquid soup, detergents, paper towels, toilet rolls.

AIC, the leading Agribusiness firms in Ghana has established the Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Training Institute and a Greenhouse production and Training Centre at Berekuso offering training for youth, investors and institutions. The centre has trained more than 200 young graduates under Ghana EXIM Bank Youth in Greenhouse Enterprise Project. It presented these supplies to the medical facility in fulfilment of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility to communities and its support to combat COVID-19

With AIC’s presence in the community, the company responded in kind and cash to the clinics request for support to upgrade the facility to a health centre status by donating in full, the cost of;

  1. Laboratory Equipment, (centrifuge, microscope, spectrophotometer)
  2. Plumbing Works, Electrical Works and Masonry Works.

Mrs. Juliana Asante-Dartey, Director at who presented the items on behalf of Agri-Impact said AIC believes in giving back to the community and leading by example.

She, further, urged the public to observe the strict protocols and preventive measures declared by the government to prevent further spread of the COVID 19 virus.

Mrs. Juliana Asante-Dartey, Director Agri-Impact Consult

Receiving the items on behalf of the clinic, was Mrs. Emily Osman, Acting Municipal Director of the Ghana Health Services, Akwapim South. She expressed her appreciation to the company and called upon other corporate bodies to do same.

Mrs. Emily Osman,Acting Municipal Director

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INCOMING KNUST VC VISITS YUGEP PROJECT SITE.

The newly appointed VC- KNUST, Professor Akosua Dickson visited the YUGEP greenhouse construction site at the Faculty of Agriculture to be briefed on progress made so far as well as steps being taken to start production.

PROF. MRS. RITA AKOSUA DICKSON – VC ELECT KNUST

The greenhouse project funded by EXIMBank is near its completion with production to start in a few month’s time. Present at the meeting were the outgoing VC, Professor Obiri Danso, CEO of Agri- Impact Consult, Mr. Dan Acquaye, incoming Provost of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the CEO of EXIM Bank, Mr. Agyin Sam The University team toured the facility and briefed on work done so far on the site.

Fruitful discussions were held thereafter to ensure the project becomes a huge success. The University on the other hand pledged its fullest support to this laudable venture implemented by Agri-impact Consult and were ready to pull their resources to ensure the objectives of the project is achieved.

 

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AGRIBUSINESS GIVEN A MAJOR BOOST IN GHANA

The desire to make agriculture/agribusiness attractive to the Ghanaian youth has been given a major boost by Ghana Export-Import Bank(GEXIM) under the Youth In Greenhouse Enterprise Project (YuGEP). YuGEP seeks to boost the production of high quality vegetables and create 400 direct and over 600 indirect jobs thus reducing importation of vegetables, reducing unemployment and contributing to stabilizing inflation.

YuGEP, a two-year project (2019 – 2020), is an initiative of the Ghana Exim Bank being implemented by Agri-Impact Consult (AIC) that involves the construction of 100 greenhouses in six regions including Ashanti, Greater Accra, Volta, Central, Western and Eastern due to vegetation and ecological considerations. The project is providing technical and financial assistance to 100 tertiary graduate entrepreneurs to own and manage their own greenhouses with an approved investment fund of GHC 20 million. Each beneficiary will be provided with one turnkey greenhouse structure covering a total of 640sqm; a packing shed for cleaning, sorting, grading and packing; growing medium and certified seeds; irrigation facility and small farm tool or equipment. Beneficiaries are expected to payback a fraction of the credit facility at 8% per annum over a 3 year period.

The investments being made is expected to stimulate growth along the vegetable value chain thus promote medium scale agro-processing and position Ghana to serve other West African Markets with high quality vegetables.  

The project so far has trained and graduated  seventy-two people , constituting the first and second batch of beneficiaries with various skills in greenhouse vegetable production, organisational behaviour and business management from the Agri-Impact Entrepreneurship and Technology Institute, the first institute to benefit from EXIM Bank’s YUGEP project.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana EXIM Bank, Mr Lawrence Agyinsam called on stakeholders and private firms within the ago-business industry to involve the youth in building Ghana’s capacity for the export market. Such a move, would complement government’s efforts towards accelerating job creation for the growing youthful population and import substitution.

 

Mr Agyinsam was speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Ghana EXIM Bank’s Youth in Green House Enterprise Project (YUGEP), an initiative to promote investment in greenhouse vegetable production in Ghana held at Berekusu a suburb in the eastern region .”It will be interesting for the private sector to come in and engage the youthful population aside what government is doing so that we can become an export offensive rather than import dependent,” he stated

He also indicated the project is expected to rake in a revenue of GHC 10 million each year and GHC 40 million in five years through the expected production of 6,000 tons of vegetables.

The executive director of Agri-impact consult in his address indicated that prioritizing infrastructure to enhance the country’s processing  capacity of raw materials to the sustenance of the economy. He further explain that the impact of lack of processing facilities is significant with bumper harvest as farmers are compelled sell their produce at relatively lower prices.

Mr.Dan Acquaye also believes the shorter life span of  most vegetables to some cultivation practises such as the non-usage of wholesome irrigation methods affects the quality of the produce , he therefore called for the adaptation of the greenhouse production technology to improve yields by ensuring hygienic farm practices.

He promised the beneficiaries a maximum support from his outfit to the success of the project. I am very sure of making impact with this project,he said.

Construction of the greenhouse structures have started in Ashanti region , central and Greater Accra respectively. It is expected to be completed within the stipulated time frame  for the commencement of production.

The fight against the persistent importation of vegetable and food insecurity is a need  one of the undoubtable ways grow the economy of our dear country.    

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