Tilly’s Farm Limited, a Ghanaian-owned agro-processing company that works with a network of smallholder farmers to raise pigs for processing into pork and pork products, has climaxed its celebration of Porktober – a worldwide celebration in the month of October to draw awareness on pig production, its consumption and supply chain – with an engaging career fair for students of Achimota School.
The programme presented the students with the opportunity to interact with speakers drawn from the Agriculture value chain. They were also introduced to some products of Tilly’s Farm which included Kpakposhito sausages, cheese grillers and other specialised pork cuts.
The career day, which was under the theme: ‘Raising the Next Generation of Agric Professionals’, encouraged young people to be curious and develop an interest in agriculture, especially in ways in which they can develop products and services in that value chain to create opportunities for themselves while creating jobs for others.
Speaking to the B&FT, the Director and Co-founder of Tilly’s Farm, Boatemaa Hammond, said the move was crucial as younger people must be included in the conversation about agribusiness to spark interest and shape the sector’s discourse.
This is also in line with Tilly Farm’s objective of training the next generation of agribusiness.
“October is pork month so we decided that every October we will do a set of events to commemorate the day; and one of our objectives is to train the next generation of agribusiness. For that reason, we decided that our events will be centred on students, so that as they go about life, it shapes their decisions and the agribusiness discussions. So we took them on an excursion, and they participated in a panel discussion where they interacted with individuals in the space on animal production and other related agric topics,” she said.
She added that being the first edition, the programme will continue annually, and they will take advantage of the opportunity to involve more young people in the agricultural discussion and decision-making. “The feedback we received from the Agric department of the school was insightful,” she said, recounting the impact of the event.
Tilly’s Farm has been raising pigs for over a decade. Currently, it works with a network of smallholder pig farmers to deliver quality, nutritious pork at affordable prices to the local Ghanaian market. It also provides them with technical assistance to improve the quality of the pork they produce. In return, it off takes their produce and retail, thereby including them in the pork value chain.
Tilly farm offers a wide range of pork and pork products from its retail outlet on Lokko Road, Osu and also offers on-site and off-site barbeque services.