April 23, 2019
CEO of GEPA Visits Training Session of Srighan Farms’ Outgrowers at Begoro, Eastern Region
Officials of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority(GEPA), led by Madam Afua Asabea Asare, its Chief Executive Officer have visited Srighan Farms at Begoro in the Eastern Region to participate in a practical field training programme for their outgrowers in the community.
GEPA is providing financial assistance to Srighan Farms Ltd. as part of its Outgrower Farmer support Scheme for the production of vegetables such as bell peppers, chilies, and assorted Asian vegetables for export. This training comes in the wake of even more stringent quality requirements in the European Union and other major markets.
Huge market exists for chilies and other vegetables in EU markets and it is important that the vegetables get to these markets in perfect condition.
The practical field training afforded the opportunity for crop agronomy experts from the University of Ghana and crop extension officers to train the outgrowers in good agricultural practices and the right application of pesticides and fertilizers to control crop pests.
Also present at the one-day field training were extension officers from the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Crop Agronomists and a team of Directors of GEPA.
Dr. Billa, who was the lead trainer from the University of Ghana took farmers through how to identify diseased plants, various pests and diseases and what to do to control the infestations. These were done through practical demonstrations on the chilli farms of the outgrower farmers.
Madam Afua Asabea Asare who could not hide her excitement, lauded Srighan Farms Ltd. for the good work the company is doing in the vegetable export sector. She pledged GEPA’s support to ensure that the same technical and financial assistance are extended to more farmer groups and beneficiaries to increase vegetable production for export.
She used the opportunity to hand over farm inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, feromone traps etc procured via Srighan Farms to the Chairmen of Odotobri and Begoro Outgrower Farmers Associations respectively for onward distribution to the farmers. She hoped the items donated to the farmers would make their farm work more efficient and productive.
The Chairmen on their part appreciated the donation and rededicated their willingness to ensure that the investments being made by GEPA through Srighan Farms would yield the required results.
Srighan Farms Ltd. is one of the leading exporters of horticultural products registered with the Ghana Export Promotion Authority.