Madam Vida Korang, a dedicated 52-year-old mango farmer from Domesua, has cultivated an impressive 15 acres of mango trees. Her produce is supplied to renowned companies such as Blue Skies, HPW, and Bomat Limited, where the mangoes are processed into juice. Vida’s passion for farming was ignited by her early experiences working alongside her father, and she has since built a successful agricultural enterprise.

However, Vida’s journey is not without its challenges. One of the significant hurdles she faces is the threat of Bacterial Black Spot (BBS), a disease that can devastate her mango trees. The chemicals required to treat BBS are expensive, making it difficult for her to purchase them regularly. Additionally, theft poses a substantial problem, with thieves sometimes stealing ripe mangoes and causing significant losses.

Despite these obstacles, Vida remains steadfast in her commitment to her mango farm, continuously striving to overcome these challenges. Her resilience and dedication are a testament to her passion for farming and her determination to succeed.

In recognition of her achievements, Vida Korang has been nominated for the prestigious Gold in the Soil Award at the upcoming Women in Food and Agricultural Leadership Training Forum and Gold in the Soil Awards (WOFAGRIC). The event, scheduled for July 9th to 10th, 2024, at Sunyani Technical University, underscores the importance of empowering individuals like Vida, who play a crucial role in agricultural development. Themed “Overcoming the Barriers to Women Agribusiness Development: The Role of Stakeholders,” this event will gather over 600 participants for discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and mentorship sessions aimed at fostering sustainable agricultural practices and economic growth.

The Gold in the Soil Awards have for the past six years  honored  outstanding women farmers ,farmers  with disabilities, processors and women across the entire agricultural value chain  who have significantly contributed to Ghana’s agricultural sector. Supported by Global Affairs Canada and Yara Ghana, the event emphasizes the pivotal role of women farmers and individuals with disabilities in ensuring food security and promoting sustainable agricultural practices nationwide.

her  story is a powerful example of resilience and dedication in the face of adversity. Her journey from working with her father to managing a successful mango farm despite numerous challenges inspires many in her community and beyond. Her nomination for the Gold in the Soil Award highlights her significant contributions to Ghana’s agricultural sector and her unwavering commitment to overcoming obstacles in pursuit of her passion.

Reflecting on her journey, she  advises the youth to consider a career in agriculture, emphasizing its potential for success and fulfillment. “Agriculture is a very lucrative venture,” she says. “It provides not only a means of livelihood but also a way to contribute to the community and the economy. I encourage young people to venture into farming and explore the vast opportunities it offers.”