The Practical Agricultural Course is a three-month training program of Agritop Limited, where tertiary graduates of Agriculture are taken through intensive practical training in vegetable cultivation under greenhouses.
The graduation ceremonies for the final batches were held on 16th April 2021, at both Bawjiase and Akumadan Greenhouse Training Centres. In all, 61 youths, consisting of 41 males and 20 females, came out successfully from the training. These graduates received skills in advanced vegetable production using greenhouses.
The program was attended by the Chief Director of MoFA (Mr. Robert Ankobiah), the CEO of GIDA (Ing. Wilson Darkwa) and the General Manager of Agritop Limited (Mr. Ofer Tamir). The dignitaries congratulated the students on the feat achieved and urged them on, for higher heights in the Agricultural space. The Chief Director expressed his expectation of the students in bridging the gap between local vegetable production and imports to Ghana.
“Ghana is now looking up to you to help in reversing the huge food imports that characterize the economy of our country. There is a huge market for vegetables running into millions of Cedis which can be created by all of you trained young men and women”
The General Manager of Agritop, in his speech commended the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for this wonderful project and for the opportunity to lead it. He further recommended that the Ministry take advantage of these world-class centres to deliver more knowledge and skills to its youth and Agricultural workers in order to improve farm practices.
The graduating students were full of joy, as they thanked the Government of Ghana and Agritop for enabling this training. They expressed their readiness to go out and contribute their quota to the development of Ghana. All 61 graduates received certificates of participation, with six receiving special awards for their outstanding performances.