A total of 90,000 coffee seedlings have been distributed to farmers to augment production of the cash crop in Ghana.
The distribution of seedlings came with a series of training in best farming practices for farmers within the Akuapem Municipal Assembly.
The training, which was facilitated by the International Trade Center (ITC) Alliances for Action and Ghana Cocoa Board, and the Akuapem Coffee Growers Association seeks to equip the farmers on modern methods of coffee farming so they could diversify and earn more from the industry.
Mr. Christopher Tenga, Project Coordinator for the ITC Alliances for Action, said the move is to enhance the competitiveness and productivity of smallholder coffee growers and MSMEs and integrate them into significant domestic and global markets.
Chief Technical Officer – Cocoa Research Institute, New Tafo, Mr. Roger Fiakpornu, who took the farmers through the training said he is optimistic the farmers will put to practice what has been taught to increase yields.
Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Akuapem Coffee Growers Association (ACGA) in Akropong on July 22, founder of the association and CEO of Asili Coffee, a local manufacturing company, John Nana Addo Francois said the coffee industry presents opportunities including providing employment for many.
“The future is Coffee and we are supporting the farmers with the right technical know-how on planting, harvesting and post-harvest management practices in order to get the needed result,” he said.