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An Interview with a Growing Agripreneur in Ghana

Like delicate plants that need tender care so is growing and sustaining an agriculture enterprise. Saani Abdulai (28) is learning that lesson fast as an agripreneur. He talks about how persistence is a business virtue that should be cultivated to fruiting by young people seeking a career in agriculture. Q: Who is Saani Abdulai? I am [...]

Ghana targets annual cocoa production of 1.5 mln metric tonnes in 4 years

ACCRA, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Ghana aims to achieve an annual cocoa production of 1.5 million metric tonnes within the next four years through reforms, the industry said Tuesday. Addressing the official opening of the West Africa Fertilizer and Agribusiness Conference, Chairman of Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) Hackman Owusu-Agyemang said necessary measures, including hi-tech agronomy practices, were [...]

Farmers won’t be affected by global price drop – COCOBOD

Hackman Owusu Agyeman, Board Chairman of COCOBOD The Chairman of the board of the Ghana COCOBOD, Hackman Owusu Agyeman has assured that producer prices of cocoa will be maintained for farmers for the next crop season. This comes in the wake of falling cocoa prices on the international market. The CEO of COCOBOD, Joseph [...]

Experts blame food shortage in Africa on soil nutrient depletion

Experts meeting here at the three-day West Africa Fertilizer and Agri-Business Conference which began here on Monday identified depletion of soil nutrients as one of the key challenges to food security on the African continent. Eugine Rurangwa, Land and Water Officer at the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) African Regional Office noted there is the need [...]

COCOBOD targets 1.5m tonnes of cocoa beans in 4-years

Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is hopeful of increasing the country's cocoa bean production Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is hopeful of increasing the country's cocoa bean production to about 1.5million tonnes over the next four years, its Board Chairman, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, has said. "It is our objective to achieve a targeted 1.5 million tonnes of [...]

Establish fertilizer factories – COCOBOD tells investors

Board Chairman of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, has beckoned investors to identify fertilizer needs of specific cocoa districts to establish factories to supply farmers with the product. According to him, there were numerous investment opportunities in the cocoa sector under the New Cocoa Sector Transformational Agenda of COCOBOD. Speaking at a three-day West African [...]

Interview: Extension services in agriculture critical to Africa’s food security, poverty reduction: expert

ACCRA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- As Africa eyes on agriculture development as the enabler of job creation and poverty reduction, a renowned Nigerian expert has singled out real investments into extension services as one of the most critical factors that would make the dream a reality. Victor Chude, National President of the Soil Science Society of [...]

West Africa Fertile for Agriculture and Agribusiness Investment to boost regional food security

ACCRA, Ghana, July 11 2017 – Today over 250 visitors from 43 different countries have joined Hon. Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, Chairman of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), and other senior government figures, to discuss how farmers can obtain the right fertilizer, at the right time and for the right price. The event is a three day conference, [...]

Agriculture development to end Africa’s labor and poverty challenge

For Africa to help its people create wealth and end youth unemployment, many individuals and institutions believe investing in and modernizing agriculture holds the key. Starting with going into market-driven agriculture, precision farming is based on the demand of the various facets of market, according to Pierre Brunache, Chief Agri-Business Officer African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership [...]