Olam Agri asserted its position as market leader in the agri-business of Ghana when it was voted Best Company in Agri-business at the Association of Ghana Industries’ 11th Ghana Industries and Quality Awards 2022 held in Accra at the weekend.
The company received this recognition for its role in enhancing the country’s sustainable growth in agricultural development by ensuring best practices along the value chain in its quest to transform the agriculture industry in Ghana and West Africa.
The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) is a business association with over 1,200 members comprising small, medium and large-scale manufacturing and service industries in agro-processing (food and beverages), agri-business, pharmaceuticals, electronics and electrical, telecommunications, information technology, utilities, service industries, transport, construction, textiles, garments and leather, banking and advertising.
The annual awards ceremony is designed to recognise excellence and innovation by member-companies and honour them for their outstanding performances within the year under review. This year’s ceremony was held on the theme ‘Leveraging Public-Private Collaborations to facilitate Business Recovery’. Olam Agri was adjudged the ‘Best Company, Agri-business’ in 2022 after extensive evaluation by a team of expert committee members.
Amit Agrawal, Country Head of Olam Agri in Ghana, commenting on this recognition said: “We are elated by this award. At Olam Agri, we are passionate about the development of agriculture and agri-business. We believe that sustainability of our economy is largely dependent on sustainable growth of the agriculture industry. Through our continued collaboration with government and various development agencies, we intend to do more to transform the agriculture sector and make it more future-proof. This recognition, I believe, will go a long way toward reaffirming our commitment to this great course.”
Olam Agri has worked with various development partners and government agencies to support local rice production through various capacity-building initiatives for farmers. The company is also providing farmers with high-quality seeds to help the production of standard rice grains which are well-processed and packaged to meet consumers’ expectations.
The company is currently trading domestic rice under the brand Mama Gold – providing ready markets to farmers, generating employment in farming communities, and contributing significantly to growth in the country’s local rice production.
In its effort to ensure the well-being of its stakeholders, Olam Agri’s Grains business – in collaboration with local regulatory authorities and medical professionals – has also launched a medical programme (My healthy Baker) that offers free screening exercises for bakers across the country to ensure food safety within their communities.
Olam Agri is a market-leading differentiated food, feed and fibre agri-business with a global origination footprint, processing capabilities and a deep understanding of market-needs built over 33 years. With a strong presence in high-growth emerging markets and products across grains & oilseeds, animal feed & protein, rice, edible oils, specialty grains & seeds, cotton, wood products, rubber and commodity financial services, Olam Agri is at the heart of global food and agri-trade flows with more than 40 million/mt of volume traded annually.