Enumerating its business activities, the Marketing Manager, Dela Nyarko, said RMG, imports agro inputs such as insecticides, fungicides, herbicides as well as high yielding hybrid seeds, mostly vegetables and maize. He noted that most of the maize variety from RMG is used in the three northern regions of Ghana and the Afram Plains. Same varieties have been adopted for use in the government’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ Programme In addition, the company provides technical and agronomic training for farmers across the country, working with associations such as Masara among others.
Kenneth Nii-Addy, Chief Technical Officer of RMG said the company has over the years developed concrete solutions to agriculture and farmer challenges across the globe, key among which is the success in finding a solution to the fall army worm invasion which threatened the food security of the entire nation some months back. “RMG is pleased to say that a solution called ‘Belt Expert’ has finally been found to the fall army worm threat across the world. This has been made possible through the ingenuity and innovative imaginations of RMG’s Research, Scientific and Technical staff”. He said, “This must come as a big relief to the entire world, especially Ghana”. He concluded.
On why the company found it useful to be a part of the Pre-harvest event, Mr. Addy was emphatic that RMG being the sole company that imports hybrid seeds to Ghana, they see it as disservice to the farmers if the company does not get involved in the event so as to be able to have direct engagements with them.“RMG is currently growing not less than 35,000 acres of its hybrid seeds around the country. We want our farmers to know more about this. We do it right, we provide actual solutions to their problems. We deem it an obligation and we wish to do it through practical approaches to the challenges they may have been facing by interacting with them at the event..
Agrihouse Foundation, .organizers of the event, through its Executive Director, Alberta Akosa, were full of gratitude to corporate Ghana for the support being offered Pre-harvest Exhibition and Conference and hopes that the nation Ghana becomes the ultimate beneficiary since agriculture is one major escape route from poverty.
The Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition & Conference is an interventional forum and an opportunity for various value chain actors in the agric sector to meet, discuss business, contracts and work together as a coherent team whose goal is to ensure that enough produce is available locally for consumption thereby drastically reducing importation. This gathering which will be made up of exhibitions and conferences will involve businesses in the various areas of the agric sector, such as seed production, fertilizer, finance, fisheries, storage, machinery, livestock, packaging & processing, ICT among others from the public and private sectors.
The 8th Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition & Conference is being partnered by the World Food Programme, USAID, ACDI and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana and being sponsored by Yara, Kosmos, Ecobank, Hartoum, LK International, Foundries, Mel Consult, Interplast, RMG and Afgri John Deree.
Over 2000 participants are expected in Tamale to participate in the event whose conference will see over ten practical and engaging topics being discussed to be led by knowledgeable and skilled individuals in the agric and other related sectors. These sessions include, Farming with Purpose, Food Safety and Quality Standard, Poultry and Livestock, Custom and Contract Farming among others.