Accra, Aug. 23, GNA – Ambassador Robert Peter Jackson, the United States Ambassador to Ghana, has pledged to engage the Ministry of Agriculture in promoting the Building Business on Values Integrity and Dignity (B-BOVID) model of farming in the country.
B-BOVID, a Ghanaian agricultural business based in Pretsir in the Ahanta West District, promotes sound agricultural practices and ecological farming.
It also organises community outreach programmes to encourage small holder farmers to adopt modern technology, promote healthy lifestyles and nutrition and educates farming communities on the impact of climate change and land degradation.
Ambassador Jackson, who visited the farmlands of B-BOVID as part of his official working visit to the Western Region, said “this agricultural model offers real opportunities for commercial agriculture and B-BOVID has shown the variety of things a farmer can do with little imagination”.
He said one of the key areas of the United States Agency for International Development support to Ghana was agriculture and the need for improved food security.
So far, he said, about 38 million dollars have been invested under the feed the future programme for agriculture including aquaculture as well as sustainable fisheries.
His visit to B-BOVID, he added, was to ascertain the work being done there.
Currently, the World Bank has selected B-BOVID as one of the model farms in the country to be promoted as the ideal farming model that other farmers could tap in to empower themselves and change their fortunes.
Mr Issa Ouedraogo, Managing Director of B-BOVID, took the Ambassador and his team round the mill, the fish pond, the piggery, kraal, poultry and the ICT learning centre among other places.
He expressed gratitude for the visit and called for more government support in the form of long term soft loans.