We read from a recent publication on Ghanaweb where the Minister of State in charge of Agriculture, Dr. Gyiele Nurah stated that the Planting for Foods and Jobs (PFJ) programme will not achieve significant increase in agricultural production without the application of science and technology in the farming system.
This is a very insightful statement echoing the need for the farming sector in the country to adopt smart technology approaches driven by data and relevant machine learning insights.
This editorial wrap is to bring to the attention of Ghana’s key policy makers, administrators/coordinators, and technical directors at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ministry of Aquaculture ( if it still exist), Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, and the Government of Ghana to act more proactively by making use of innovative science-driven services from highly competent Ghana-based agricultural technology (AgTech) companies.
Most of these AgTech startups provide services ranging from field data capture, farm mapping, commodity supply-chain innovations, satellite-derived information, localised weather forecast information, drone imagery and analytics, financial services for smallholder farmers, soil sensing analytics, crop pest and disease surveillance ( eg. FAW detection), and training services.
Ghana has about eight (8) award winning ( highly competent) startups delivering worldclass AgTech services and we will encourage the aforementioned decision makers to work with them.
Just imagine these companies/startups given a $100,000 capped milestone-delivery subsidy to fully manage the Planting for Food and Jobs program for just one year in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture? The impact will be HUGE!
Hint: The European Union and the US Government support their private companies to expand overseas with smart subsidies and loans.
We’ve provided their names and institutional email contacts. MoFA, engage their services!
In alphabetical order:
AcquahMeyer Aviation: Drone for Crop Spraying
Cowtribe: Veterinary services
Esoko ( now metamorphosed into 2 companies-Tulaa & Insyt): Information Services and Inputs
Farmerline: Information Services and Commodity Supply Chain
Image AD: Supply Chain Management and Information Services
Syecomp: Satellite, Drone Imagery and Analytics, and Information Services
Trotro Tractor: Tractor linkages for farmers
Viamo (formerly, Votomobile): Information Services
There could be others, but these are the ones we know. Of course, there are other active AgTech companies but unfortunately we could not include startup clones, companies with poorly understood business models, and (some) operating less than three years.
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