A project undertaken by PlusOne Investment Limited, in conjunction with the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), has started chalking successes by changing the fortunes of local shea nut farmers just a year into the program.
On the average, local farmers whose daily income used to be around GH¢2.00, has shot up to over GH¢20.00. One elated farmer, Afa Imoro, who chose to share his delight with this paper last week explained that “after sales from my 3 acres shea nut farm, I have seen a drastic increase in my daily earnings of GH¢2.00 which was inconsistent, to GH¢25.00”.
“In fact that sales are consistent now, as we have guaranteed sales from PlusOne”, Imoro added.
Plus One Investment Limited, established in 2005 is a consulting organization that provides agribusiness technical services in support of agricultural sector.
Using a market-driven, systems approach to identifying constraints, along agricultural value chains; Plus One investment limited researches, designs and implements interventions that empower market actors to invest in ways that sustainably improve the productivity and profitability of agricultural value chains.
Butternut squash (cucurbita moschata), also known in Australia and New Zealand as butternut pumpkin, is a type of winter squash with a sweet and nutty taste, similar to that of a pumpkin. It has yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp.
When ripe, the squash turns increasingly deep orange and becomes sweeter and richer growing on a vine.
It is a good source of fibre, manganese, magnesium and potassium and also an excellent source of Vitamin A, C and E, and contains other important nutrients such as proteins and amino acids, carbohydrates, fats and fatty acids.
According to information gathered, so far, about ten 40-feet containers of butternut squash have been harvested and processed for export to Birmingham, United Kingdom, from the project farms at Yapie, Buipe, Tamalgu and Dinga in the Northern Region and Bibeturi and Mettor in the Upper West Region.
PlusOne Investment Limited which is a world acclaimed company, also operates in South Africa and has collaborated with Export Development Investment Fund (EDIF).