A leading mineral fertilizer manufacturer and distributor, Yara Ghana, is initiating a scheme to promote the business of agriculture among young people. It has set up the ‘Farming Academy’ with the aim of driving students from the primary through to the senior high school level to learn best practices in crop production whilst appreciating opportunities in the agricultural sector.
According to Mehdi Saint-André, Managing Director of Yara Ghana, “Yara is all about knowledge; we don’t believe we just sell fertilizer, but we bring the knowledge that comes with it.”
He said the Academy will discourage the perception that farming is a punishment and rather inculcate in students the knowledge and skills in land preparation, seed selection and fertilizer application as well as post harvest activities and storage.
“Hopefully for the next farming season in March/April 2013, we’ll be ready and we’ll go on the farm with a group of children but it should be incorporated in the school curricula; if they have some topics which is about farming or agriculture, then they can go on the field with us to learn”, said Saint-André.
The pilot project would be undertaken with inmates of the Royal Seed Home at Odupong Ofaankor, Kasoa, where the company has established a 15-acre maize farm to support the orphanage.