Wecomm, an agri-media marketing agency and consultancy limited, on Monday launched the “NSEREWA RICE CALL,” an initiative that offers Ghanaians the opportunity to sponsor a farm and receive rewards after nine months.
Partnered by Newage Agri Solutions Limited, Ghana Agricultural Insurance Pool (GAIP), Agro Africa, and the Chi-Gaba Project, the Nsewera Rice Callalso provides farmers with the needed support in farming rice.
Launching the project in Accra, the General Manager of Wecomm Agri-media and Consultancy Limited, Kojo Akoto Boateng noted that the Nserewa project brought people together to sponsor soya, maize and rice farming.
He indicated that the company had so far farmed 1,000 acres of soya and maize in Babator in the Northern Region and had intended to farm same acres of rice in some areas in the Volta Region.
Wecomm’s General Manager explained that the rice project would run from March to November and would“involve planting, harvesting, milling, bagging and putting the rice on the market to create value for farmers, sponsors, and the Ghanaian markets.”
Mr Boateng said sponsorship of the project was valued at GH₵2,022 for an acre, the least one could sponsor for rewards after nine month period.
“This whole project is trying to give farmers the support they need. So for example to sponsor an acre of rice you need GH₵2,022. This will go into buying seed, fertiliser, herbicides and insecticides to give to the farmers plus insurance to grow rice,” he stated.
“And the sponsors of the rice project get rewards, so whatever rice that we get as our yield, you get a quantity of that which is your reward that we sell to give you back your money,” he added.
Mr Boateng said the project would contribute to the country’s food security by ensuring all-year-round food production and distribution.
He, therefore, used the opportunity to call on Ghanaians to support made-in-Ghana products by sponsoring the project so as to invest in the country’s economy.
Mr Martin Tettey Nartey, General Manager of Newage Agric Solutions Limited in his remarks said Nserewa was a unique contract farming initiative that his organisation was proud to be associated with.
He reiterated that the project “shall contribute over 2,000 metric tonnes of paddy rice to the national food basket.”
“My team and I believe that a vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time but vision with action can change the world,” he added.
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