June 18, 2020

YOUTH IN EXPORT: Orientation for Participants kicks off at Ghana Export Promotion Authority

All is set for Phase 1 of Ghana Export Promotion Authority’s Youth in Export Programme launched in the last quarter of 2019 in partnership with the Youth Employment Agency, to take off.

A total of sixty-seven (67) shortlisted applications were received for the Youth in Export Programme and after final evaluation by a panel, twenty (20) successful applicants were finally selected for the programme.

The orientation sessions are scheduled to begin on June 18, 2020 and run through June 19,2020 at the head office of Ghana Export Promotion Authority.

The two-day session will have resource persons drawn from GEPA, the Youth Employment Agency and Seasoned Exporters. Major aspects of the programme to be covered during the orientation include:

  • Opportunities for Trainers and Trainees
  • Youth and Agriculture
  • Crop agronomy
  • Fruits and vegetable production

The Youth in Export Programme, as explained by Dr Afua Asabea Asare, Chief Executive Officer of GEPA, is intended to encourage the youth to build full time careers for themselves in export by having them learn from seasoned farmers who export their farm produce.

“The Programme aims to encourage the youth to go into agricultural crop production and take up farming as a career. It also seeks to motivate the youth to become entrepreneurs by having them understudy seasoned farmer-exporters so they can build and manage businesses of their own. Above all, the programme is expected to help boost the export of agricultural crops, which is in line with the Authority’s mandate to develop, facilitate and promote non traditional exports.

Speaking on the agenda of the orientation sessions, Dr Asare mentioned among other things that the sessions sought to help the selected applicants understand the relevance and opportunities associated with YiEP as well as what is expected of participants for a successful implementation of the programme.

After the orientation sessions, the participants will be posted to various farmer-exporters across the Eastern, Volta, Central and Greater Accra Regions. For a six (6) month period, they are expected to gain best in class farm practices and have a hands-on learning experience of  all that is required to cultivate and export agricultural produce as well as build and manage their own businesses.

Upon successful completion of the training programme, trainees will be supported by GEPA to acquire an acre of land each and supplied with seeds and required inputs to cultivate under the supervision of their respective trainers and start up their businesses.

In the last quarter of 2019 GEPA launched both the Youth in Export Competition and the Youth in Export Programme to help address Ghana’s youth unemployment rate, inspire the youth to venture into Exports and consequently increase Ghana’s non-traditional export base. Successful applicants were selected based on their possession of a minimum of SSCE Certificate,  aged between 18 – 35 years, having an obvious passion for farming and residing in close proximity to the identified districts and towns where the first phase of the programme would be implemented.

According to the GEPA’s published Analysis Report on 2018 Non Traditional Exports, Ghana’s agricultural products contributed the 2nd highest of 21.01% to 2018 total export earnings. In 2018 Ghana’s Agric sector in total recorded the highest growth rate of 34.04% over 2017 export earnings.

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