AgricultureEnvironmental Issues

591 Farmers trained in oil palm cultivation

A total of 591 learner farmers made up of 403 males and 188 females who went through a six-month competence based training (CBT) programme in oil palm cultivation have passed out at the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (UCAES) at Bunso in the Eastern Region.

The graduands, who were presented with certificates, were taken through specific modules such as nursery establishment, land preparation and plantation establishment, farm management, harvesting and agribusiness management.

The training programme was organised by Solidaridad West Africa in collaboration with UCAES with financial support from GIZ of Germany and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

The training, which is under the Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI), took place at UCAES and the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture (KITA).

German’s commitment

Addressing the graduands at the premises of UCAES, the Head of Programme for Sustainable Economic Development (PSED), Detlev Axel Jahn, said the German Government remained committed to supporting the activities of the Technical Vocational and Educational Training (TVET) sector in Ghana.

He stated that it was one of the surest ways to attain the financial and the economic independence that young Ghanaians were striving for.

Practical training

Mr Jahn said as part of the training, the learners went through practical training sessions at selected agricultural enterprises such as the Ghana Oil Palm Development Company (GOPDC), Voltpalm, Volta Red, among others.

He congratulated the graduands and urged all stakeholders in the TVET sector to continue to support the efforts pursued by both the government and its development partners to make TVET an attractive field for the youth.

Professional skills

The Programme Manager of Solidaridad West Africa, Nicholas Issaka, said the main objective of the training was to ensure that Ghana TVET system produced standardised and high-quality education to improve professional skills of the youth.

That, Mr Issaka noted, would meet the needed labour market as well as promote immediate employment.

Small-holder farmers

He said oil palm production in Ghana was dominated by small-holder farmers without the necessary skills as such, production had been five metric tonnes per hectare, which he stressed could be raised to 20 tonnes per hectare if the farmers had been equipped with the needed high skills.

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