AGRI-IMPACT LIMITED LEADS THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF ORANGE FLESHED SWEET POTATO IN GHANA WITH A BAKERS WORKSHOP IN THE VOLTA REGION
As part of efforts to promote the cultivation and consumption of Orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) in Ghana, Agri-Impact Limited, with support from AGRA, have initiated a project to create awareness about the crop dubbed “Development and Promotion of Orange fleshed sweet potatoes in Volta Region”.
With the Volta Region being the target region for the pilot project, a 2-day workshop was organised from the 20th to the 22nd June, 2017 at Hohoe and Kpando, respectively, to train bakers in the region on how to use OFSP as a substitute for flour in baking bread. The workshop, which was aimed at practically taking bread bakers in the region through the processes of preparing OFSP puree for baking and the actual baking of OFSP bread, also sought to enlighten them on the economic and health benefits of using OFSP puree for baking. The workshop witnessed a cumulated attendance of about seventy (70) bakers from across the region.
Also in attendance for the workshop were the project managers from Agri-Impact Limited, Mr Kingsley Jectey and Mr. Gideon Mankralo, the National Chairman of the Potato Innovations Platform, Mr. Emmanuel Darkey, Regional and District representatives from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Representatives of some FBOs in the region and the Consultants who took the bakers through the whole procedure.
Delivering a speech during the workshop, Mr. Kingsley Jectey, Business Manager of Agri-Impact Limited expressed his appreciation to the bakers for showing up in their numbers and mentioned that, the success of the project will be largely dependent on how the bakers embrace and own the process. He said, it is only when the bakers own and embrace the project, that it can be scaled-out. Highlighting the benefits of the OFSP in bread baking, Mr. Jectey noted that the use of the OFSP puree is economically expedient since it serves as a substitute for flour, sugar and milk, which are mostly used for baking bread. He stressed that 46% of OFSP puree and 54% of flour are the only ingredients needed to bake an OFSP bread, adding that the use of the OFSP limits importation of flour, creates a vibrant local economy for OFSP farmers and opens up a profitable and sustainable venture for bread bakers. To him, it is a win/win situation for the farmer, baker and the government if the OFSP puree is prioritised for bread baking.
Adding to the benefits of OFSP, Mr. Jectey emphasised the nutritious advantages of the crop and its resultant effect on health, stressing its rich vitamin A contents. Rounding up his speech, Mr Jectey encouraged the participants to not only keep the good news about OFSP to themselves, but also sensitize others to patronize the crop and reap its health and economic benefits.
On his part, the National Chairman of the Potato Innovations Platform, in delivering his speech at the workshop, allayed fears of the participants on the availability of the crop for their production. He noted that Agri-Impact Limited has so far registered 1000 farmers in the Volta Region who are being supported to grow OFSP, with a target of 5000 farmers cultivating the crop in the region by end of the year. Giving details about the crop, Mr Darkey stressed that aside bread, OFSP could be used in some other cuisines like mpotompoto, soup, cake, chips, gari etc. Mr. Darkey accentuated the huge consumer demand for the crop and its products, especially the bread across the country and encouraged the bakers to also consume the bread because of its health benefits. Mr. Darkey, in ending his speech thanked the Regional and District MoFA officers for their immense support towards the project, and expressed his heartfelt appreciation the bakers association for organizing its members to attend the workshop.
Agri-Impact Limited, since April 2017, has been leading the development and promotion of orange fleshed sweet potato in Ghana, with a pilot project in the Volta and Brong Ahafo Regions, in partnership with Crop research Institute (CRI), Ohumpong Investments Limited, Benzine Farms and Modern Africa Productions (MAP).Back to news
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