Nine hundred coffee farmers were nationally selected for training in six coffee growing regions in Ghana to increase their productivity.
Chief Nat Nsarko, president of the Ghana Coffee Federation, said 350 of the selected farmers are from the Volta region.
The training, conducted with the Ghana Cocoa Research Institute (CRIG) aims to address the challenges faced by coffee producers in the Eastern, Volta, Bono, Ashanti, d ‘Ahafo and de Bono Est.
Chief Nsarko, in a press release copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), noted that the main objective of the training was to equip farmers with modern methods of growing coffee so that they can diversify and earn more from the industry.
The statement took note of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s belief that with the necessary attention, coffee production would generate more income and advance the country’s export promotion campaign.
The statement said the training workshops will run over two weeks with an emphasis on harvesting techniques and post-harvest management of coffee.
âAdult participatory learning approaches will be used to deliver the training with a mix of practical and theoretical sessions,â he added.
Earlier this year, the Ghana Coffee Federation and its partners undertook a field mission to some coffee growing areas in the East, Volta, Ashanti, Bono and Bono East regions, to determine the state of coffee production in Ghana.
It was also to identify the issues related to the value chain to establish priorities for a sustainable impact in the development of the coffee sector.
The statement said the mission was carried out within the framework of Work Stream, one of the EU-funded projects “Supporting national and regional policies favorable to business and inclusive and strengthening productive capacities and value chains”.
The field visit found that the tonnage of coffee per acre per year averages seven bags with a myriad of challenges and production shortfalls.
âThese challenges include the lack of market centers for coffee beans, the lack of capital to maintain coffee plantations, the lack of a standardized price regime for coffee, the lack of hullers to grade coffee beans.
“Lack of technical know-how on the part of farmers to implement harvest and post-harvest management practices, inadequate extension services to provide training on handling coffee and inadequate nurseries to produce coffee plants . “
The training is funded through the International Trade Center (ITC) / European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Coffee Project.
It is also in partnership with the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and L’Agence des CafÃ©s Robusta d’Afrique et de Madagascar (ACRAM).
The statement said the collaborative effort to train farmers and improve their skills and knowledge base on coffee production and management is in line with President Akufo-Addo’s directive to stakeholders to help achieve a figure. 2 billion GHC worth of business from coffee production.
The statement called on all stakeholders and the media to support the initiative and help its field agents achieve the goals of improving coffee production in the country for export.
âWe recognize that coffee production is a lucrative business, which can provide massive employment for our unemployed youth swarming around the country.
âTherefore, the Ghana Coffee Federation will launch a number of programs next year, 2022, such as the ‘Youth in Coffee Production Program’, which aims to support young people in the coffee agribusiness. “
The statement encouraged young people to show interest and participate in coffee sector activities in the country.
âThe future is in the cafe and we need the support of the media and all stakeholders to defend this course. ”
Ziavi, Kpoeta, Leklebi, Gbledi and Amedzofe-Dzogbekofe will benefit from the program in the Volta region.