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Agrimarketing : November December 2009
AGRI-MARKETERS ON THE MOVE ADFARM GOES TO GHANA by Roger Reierson, Chairman, AdFarm, Fargo, ND AdFarm has formed an association with local farmers in Ghana, with the goal of helping them develop a more secure agricultural economic base. The pro- ject is a joint effort of Praxis Strategy Group, Abba Father Foundation and AdFarm. Recently I spent time in Ghana learning more about their farming operations and local culture. It was an eye opening experience. Ghana is certainly in need of a better standard of living and agriculture is an industry that could help. The growing conditions are perfect for a number of crops. The farming villages we visited are far from modern, with small cement block or wood structured homes and a central well serving the village. But the people are exceptionally friendly and seem to enjoy life. While I was there, I wrote blog postings about my trip. See: www.rogerreirson.blogspot.com. The farm they are working with has about 35 acres, 22 of which are cleared and can produce 24,000 pineapples per acre. Today most of that is sold at local markets or discarded if not sold. It is a natural product and is the sweetest pineapple on earth. The goal of the project is to brand the Akuapem Mountain pineapple and begin exporting then to North America. It's a long process to get all of the approvals but the reward of helping this farm community by bringing a great product to the folks in our continent will be rewarding. The group maintains ongoing correspondence with our contacts in Ghana and is planning periodic visits. Praxis Strategy Group is an economic development group based in Grand Forks, ND, and made the original contacts in Ghana. AdFarm was invited to join the group because of our agricultural background and marketing expertise. AM Reierson November/December 2009 Agri Marketing 51 NOW AVAILABLE! "The Truth About Organic Foods" 240-page book by the Hudson Institute's Alex Avery Chapters include: • Is Organic Food Safer? Think Again • Hormone Hype and Antiobiotic Argst • A Few Bushels Shy • The Benefits of Biotechnology • Many More! To order, go to www.AgriMarketing.com for bulk orders, e-mail: JudyK@AgriMarketing.com
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