55 farmers end agribusiness training

A SIX-month agribusiness training programme to enhance the skill, of livestock entrepreneurs and boost livestock production in the country has ended in Accra.

The programme was organised for 55 farmers across the country by Creating Competitive Livestock Entrepreneurs in Agribusiness (CCLEAr), a livestock agribusiness consortium with support from the Universities, Businesses, Research and Agribusiness Innovation (UniBRAIN) and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in Ghana.

The participants were taken through series of workshops on livestock nutrition, breeding, housing and health care as well as record keeping, and Indigenous Micro-Organism (IMO) technology in pig husbandry which reduces the stench and odour from piggeries, making it possible to rear pigs within urban communities.

Speaking at a closing ceremony in Accra last Thursday, the Chief Executive Officer, Agripro, Mr. Edison Gbenga, advised the entrepreneurs of CCLEAr to collaborate with investors to grow their business and maximise profits in their livestock agribusinesses.

He said a huge investment capital was available at the financial market, but the challenge lies in presenting convincing business plans and sufficiently pitching the business idea to potential investors.

Mr. Gbenga further advised the livestock entrepreneurs to use the leverage of their technical competencies from the comprehensive business training offered by CCLEAr to do profitable business.

The Executive Director of TRACKAPP Investment Ltd in Tamale, Mr Mina Shahid who gave a brief presentation on electronic record and book keeping, demonstrated simple techniques that the entrepreneurs could use to track their expense and income to evaluate the profitability of their business.

He said poor record keeping was the bane of low investment in agribusiness in the country and therefore called on the entrepreneurs to place much importance on it.

A lecturer of the University of Professional Studies and Accountancy, Dr. Wilson lamented the low participation of women in the livestock business and suggested some affirmative approach towards increasing female involvement and ownership of livestock enterprises.

During the workshop, most participants alluded that developing sustainable business proposals had been a serious challenge for them, but since their contact with CCLEAr for the past six months, they have come to appreciate the value of a good business plan.

By Charles Amankwa

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