The Rice Project Manager of Wienco Ghana Limited, has called on smallholder farmers to take advantage of the support being provided by agricultural companies and government to ensure sustainable livelihoods.
Mr. Joel Tsatsu emphasized on the willingness of agricultural institutions to offer flexible support services to farmers. “Most agricultural and development–oriented institutions are more earnestly in search of farmers who cooperate in partnerships to practice agriculture.”
The statement was made on Tuesday, 24th October, 2017 at Aveyime in the Volta region. This was during a research tour, hosted by Wienco Ghana Limited by some students from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science. The purpose of the visit was to understudy operations of smallholder farmers and establish means of improving the livelihoods of rice farmers. The research forms part of an academic program in Global Environmental Studies by Kulturstudier.
The students were introduced to rice farming in Ghana with emphasis on the partnerships between government, agricultural companies and smallholder farmers. The encounter revealed that government leases land to the farmers to cultivate. Wienco Ghana Limited, for example, provides agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and the technical support on the appropriate application of the inputs. Additionally, Wienco Ghana Limited also offers ready market after harvesting, an initiative that has brought relief to the farmers. The students visited the company’s warehouse and also took turns to interact with members of COPA Connect (association of smallholder farmers)
Wienco Ghana Limited produces Aduanehene and COPA rice which is #MadeInGhana Jasmine rice.