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USAID beneficiary supplies seeds | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

By
Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA

Wa, July 31, GNA – A
United States Agency for International Development in Ghana (USAID) grant
beneficiary, Antika Company limited has supplied about 180 metric tons of
certified seeds to the government’s “Planting for Food and Jobs Programme”.

The supplied seeds
which were delivered in April, June and July comprised 157 metric tons of
maize, 16 tons of rice and 7.5 tons of sorghum.

Alhaji Abdulai Seidu
Antiku, Managing Director of Antika Company Company Limited who disclosed this
in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Wa explained that the
company would expand its seed production from 600 to 1,670 metric tons in the
coming years to be able to serve farmers in the Region.

He said the USAID
through its Feed the Future Ghana Agriculture Technology Transfer (ATT) Project
has over the three years supported the company with technical training,
ultra-modern processing and packaging machines and other equipment to make
seeds available to farmers at their doorsteps.

The modern seed
processing equipment consists of a Dichwe cleaner, Trommel (3-screen), Seed
Treaters, Bagging unit (bin, trolley and stitching machine), and mini
laboratory kits were meant to enhance the production and processing of larger
quantities of seeds, which would be distributed to farmers.

The new equipment has
a capacity of six metric tons per hour, he noted.

The Managing Director,
affirms: “There has been a huge and great transformation in the certified seed production
sector.

“I am proud and happy
to be associated with this wind of positive change. The support of the American
People has taken the seed sector in northern Ghana, especially in Upper West,
to a higher and different level, he said.

He said his company
only had the capacity and technology know-how to produce from 10 to 50 tons of
certified seeds, which took three months, but now the company processes more
than 650 metric tons of certified seeds in just four weeks.

“All the maize, soy,
rice, and cowpea seeds I processed this season are sold-out, and this has been
consistent over the past few years.

“Every year the number
of farmers who buy certified seeds increases and it is because they have heard
testimonies of the benefits of using certified seeds from their colleague
famers,” Alhaji Antiku noted.

“This is just the
beginning of the paradigm shift, and I know with this trend, Antika Company
will hit its target of supplying certified seeds to over 70 percent of farmers
in the Upper West Region,” he said.

“This is possible
because I have received a seed van from ATT Project which I am using to sell
seeds in hard to reach communities,” he added. 

Alhaji Antiku said the
partnership with the project had drastically reduced the stress women
seed-sorters endured to sort the volumes of seeds after the breakdown of the
only sorting machine in the Region.

GNA

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