Agricultural Business Partnerships (RABP) have been pioneered in the western region to develop commodity value chains and trade links to improve market access for farmers.
The initiative would create user-friendly and cheaper market platforms to improve internal trade among members.
It will also provide a step for the formation of an umbrella platform, focusing on the sustainable ready-made market for agricultural products in the region.
Mr. Felix Blay Kenya, Agricultural Director of Axim District, stressed the importance of RABPs and said that agriculture is a business and as such, farmers and members of the value chain should make business decisions to grow their businesses.
However, he said, there should be reliable information to make the right agro-industrial decisions, hence the formation of RABP at all levels of the Region.
He said the ultimate goal of farming was to generate income and it would be of no value if farmers did not get enough money for their produce.
In this regard, he said, the RABP platform would provide farmers and everyone in the agricultural value chain with the information needed to make the desired decision that would significantly improve their business.
“It is not enough for farmers to receive help from Agric’s extension workers to grow their produce, but farmers are not able to sell to get enough of what they are doing,” he said. declared.
Mr. Kenya urged all value chain actors to make full use of the platform to effectively promote their work.
He said the RABPS was being formed in all regions of the country and indicated that a national agribusiness platform would soon be created and inaugurated.
He said the Region has facilitated the formation of similar platforms in all districts and urged members of the chain at this level to make it more active to achieve its goal.
Mr. Frederick Aygapong, chief director of the Western Regional Coordinating Council (WRCC), noted that the platform would greatly help farmers present their products to traders and ultimately improve agriculture in the region.
With the training of RABPS, farmers will have easy access to veterinary services, seeds, fertilizers and other inputs to improve their activities.
He said WRCC will provide the necessary support to ensure the effective functioning of the platform and encouraged all stakeholders to use the platform to improve their agribusiness.
In a brief presentation on the RABPS, Mr. Ebow Dublin, regional monitoring and evaluation manager of the Ministry of Agriculture, noted that Ghanaian farmers often do not make enough money from their produce due to the ‘unavailability of a ready market, stressing that farmers should not struggle to sell their products.
He said the platform will create trade links that will support the commodity value chain in the western region and help secure ready markets for agricultural products.
The aim, he said, was to develop agriculture in the western region through the value chain approach and promote linkages with markets for better market access.
This, he said, required initiatives that would increase production and link farmers to the commodity market.
Mr. Francis Odoom from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) explained to participants the licensing processes for food processors and called on stakeholders in the agricultural value chain to ensure that local products meet standards and are safe for consumption.