Dizengoff to accelerate agricultural mechanization

April 20, 2017
Source: Edward Adjei FRIMPONG/thebftonline.com/Ghana
Dizengoff to accelerate agricultural mechanization

Dizengoff Ghana Limited has opened a depot in Sunyani. It is designated to serve the northern sector of the country.

The newly opened Sunyani Dizengoff depot is expected to make available and accessible state-of-the-art agricultural technologies and inputs to farmers in the northern belt of the country, aimed at accelerating agricultural mechanization to boost productivity.

This means that henceforth farmers in the Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East, and Upper West Regions can easily have access to high quality Dizengoff products such as agro-chemicals, agricultural machineries, greenhouses, poultry equipment, and seeds among others.

The depot is a fruit of a joint venture between Dizengoff Ghana and Kofi Vinyo and Company Limited (KVCL), an agribusiness firm. Launching the project in Sunyani, Ahmed Hashemi, General Manager, Dizengoff Ghana said the company is poised to transform agriculture in the country through the provision of quality inputs and machinery.

He alluded to the country’s endowed natural resources such as arable lands with the potential of making Ghana the richest country in Africa provided they [natural resources] would be put into proper use.

 He repeated Dizengoff’s readiness to partner all agricultural stakeholders to ‘revolutionize’ farming, especially with irrigation, saying “Dizengoff has best irrigation system acrossAfrica that could be leverage to make government’s one village, one dam initiative a reality.”

“Dizengoff Ghana will continue to operate in the trace of its enviable reputation. Quality of products would always be assured; after sales services is always guaranteed. We will be close to farmers and advise you to use our machinery as well as inputs properly to derive the best results from farming.”

Mr. Hashemi bemoaned the influx of ‘synthetic and poisonous’ agro-chemicals that are ravaging the environment and human lives. It has therefore become imperative for farmers to embrace biochemical which is environmental friendly and harmless to human consumption. To this end, Dizengoff has imported large quantity of biochemical inputs for supply, he added.

For his part, Mr. Kofi Vinyo, CEO of KVCL who was adjudged the 2016 National Best Maize Farmer urged the government to fast track nationwide mechanization of agriculture to enhance productivity. He underscored the importance of agricultural mechanization, adding “it is the surest way to neutralize unpredictable weather patterns.”

Mr. Vinyo advised the youth, especially graduates from the various tertiary institutions to venture into agriculture and help develop it with their acquired knowledge and skills. He also appealed to banks and other financial institutions to be committed to agricultural financing in order to guarantee the needed financial backbone.

The Farmer further encouraged the government to find lasting solution to the menace of illegal mining which is fast polluting water bodies and farmlands. “I believe that the state must for once take firm decision to deal with the matter to save the lives of our people.”  

The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwaku Asoma Cheremeh lauded the partnership between Dizengoff Ghana and KVCL to boost agricultural mechanization. He said such an initiative was in line with the government dream to promote private sector led economy and urged others to emulate the example.