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Agric Automation and Virtual Farming Program launched in Accra

November 1, 2017 7:13 PM
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Accra, Nov. 1, GNA - The UCL Ghana Limited and its partner OAPI on Wednesday launched the Agric Management System (AMS), an innovative end-to-end solution and the Virtual Farmer Programme (VFP), which are set to revolutionalise Ghana’s Agricultural Sector.

The AMS is the first ever fully automated solution developed in the agriculture industry, to seamlessly manage the entire supply chain; whereas, the VFP seeks to increase the yield of crop produced in Ghana.

The initiative which is being supported by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports; aims at attracting those working in the formal sector as means of earning additional income whilst increasing productivity in agriculture.

Mr Seth Osei Akoto, Director of Crop Services at MOFA, who represented the Minister, at the launch said that in spite of developmental efforts made by successive governments, the sector was still confronted with numerous challenges.

He said these included erratic rainfall, inadequate access to farm machineries and equipment, low use of farm inputs, limited access to financial services, low investment, high extension farmer ratio and unattractiveness of agriculture to attract the youth.

Mr Osei Akoto said as part of the comprehensive strategy to resolve these perennial challenges, a new strategic initiative dubbed: “Planting for Food and Jobs Campaign,” has been introduced by government.

He said the primary objective of the Campaign was to ensure food security, provide raw materials for industry and as well generate about 750,000 direct and indirect job opportunities with the youth being the target.

The Director of Crop Services stated that UCL wished to collaborate with MOFA, to support the implementation of the Youth in Agriculture Program (YIAP).

He said the company was partnering OAPI, an Israeli Agriculture Management Company with expertise in technology-based agriculture to develop software (AMS) to run the initiative, YFP.


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