Add IT to Planting for Food and Jobs programme - local Agritech startup to gov’t

Add IT to Planting for Food and Jobs programme - local Agritech startup to gov’t
Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline.com
Date: 28-04-2018 Time: 11:04:05:pm
Agric Minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto

The duo behind Agrocenta, a local Agritech startup, has urged the Akufo-Addo-led government to add information technology (IT) to its flagship ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme.

According to the 2018 Seedstars Global competition winners, government can achieve more and help the targets of the programme if IT is used to link up with the farmers.

They told Daniel Dadzie on Joy FM's Super Morning Show on Friday that they have agents to represent farmers because most of them [farmers] are not IT literate.

“One agent handles about 200 farmers,” Mr Obirikorang said.

According to him, they have advised government to employ a similar technology similar to what they run to make the Planting For Food and Jobs programme a success.

Francis Obirikorang

The organisation, AgroCenta is owned by two Ghanaians -Mike Ocansey and Francis Obirikorang- who have developed a system to aid farmers to get the most out of their produce.

Two young men whose ideas won them $500,000 investment from Seedstars World, added that they have fought the odds to create opportunities for others in the fast-growing Agric sector in the country.

Similar to the government’s planting for food and jobs programme, the duo has helped farmers in the north to procure seeds, fertilizer, ploughing services among others at a good bargain.

They have also helped the farmers to transport their yields to the markets since they started their project about a year and a half ago.

So far, they have enrolled about 12,000 farmers.

“We hope to expand to the entire county and then extend to Nigeria by 2019,” Mr Obirikorang said.

Listen to their discussion:

 

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