Maxwell Kofi Lee is a mango farmer and a Junior High School (JHS) graduate of the Sra Presbyterian Basic School at Trom in the Yilo Krobo District of Somanya in the Eastern Region.
Young Maxwell is making giant strides through his mango business.
He is the Chief Executive officer (CEO) of MKL Worth Farms in Somanya.
Maxwell, who owns a 10-acre mango farm inherited from his father said, “I always knew I would invest in agriculture someday because that is our only source of livelihood in my community.”
Maxwell has given a different meaning to farming by proving wrong those who think farming is for illiterates.
He is a 23-year-old young man born to Mr Ben Lee and Mrs.Comfort Tamatey Addico who owned a Mango farm.
According to Maxwell, his father passed away when he (Maxwell) was very young and he has since been in the mango producing business for over ten years.
According to Maxwell Kofi Lee, he once had a passion to become a football player so at an early age he started playing football whiles still attending school.
He even played for teams like Danbort FC, Glow-Lamp Soccer Academy and Dubai Diamond Soccer Academy in 2013, but his father’s untimely death shuttered his football dream.
He had no other choice than to focus on mango farming.
Maxwell Kofi Lee said although the farming activities are dominated by old folks, the youth have equally developed an interest in agriculture and he was more than glad to be part.
“Nowadays, young Ghanaian men and women are more interested in professional jobs like medical doctor, banker, engineer among others and they see farming to be the only job reserved for illiterates,” he said.
Maxwell, who is the first of two children added that “nobody wants to do the conventional standing in the hot sun and sweating and labour that comes with it.”
Touching on some of the challenges he faces in his line of work, he said farmers find it difficult to bring their produce due to poor roads.
He also lamented the collapse of the rail network. He said this has forced his mangoes to sold mostly to ready-to-buy bulk buyers.
“The biggest problem we have is we don’t have enough storage sheds; those that exist are mostly not refrigerated and there are few processing plants,” he disclosed.
Maxwell identified Ghana’s agricultural sector as one of the most formidable economic ventures and urged the government to pay more attention to the farmers and equally help address their challenges.