Keeping people fed is now a complex and global production industry with great emphasis on the role of machinery and agrotechnology. Despite this sophistication, agricultural practice remains, at its core – in Ghana as elsewhere – a vital tool in reducing poverty.
At Agritop, we believe this calls for a holistic approach to farming, where a value chain starts on the farm and ends on the consumer’s plate. Everything requires equal consideration, from having the right seeds, treatment and storage, through preparing the ground for cultivation with proper growing methods – fertilizers, irrigation, pest control – to harvesting, storage and distribution.
At the distribution stage, food is considered a commodity, and attention turns to packaging, exporting, wholesalers and retailers. Every type of produce creates its own value chain, and technology must be ready to adapt to the evolving, and often unpredictable, demands of the market. Everything we do is consistent with this vision.
There is no better example to show how agriculture is both simple and complex than its dependence on water. The extent to which African water shortages and groundwater depletion have had a damaging effect on farming productivity is clear. Now, though, in addition to these historic problems, climate change is making weather patterns unpredictable, and its effects are beginning to be felt worldwide.
In Ghana, although it has major rivers, including the Volta, much of the water drains away to the Atlantic Ocean. Agritop is proud to be part of our government’s plans to reduce this wastage by building a canal that connects all parts of Ghana through a north-south/east-west waterway and moves water to relevant locations around the country. We are also well placed to assist with the rollout of Ghana’s policies and programs related to creating accessible source of water and other suitable irrigation schemes to the Ghanaian nation.