The Vast Potential in Crop Farming – Daniel Kwasi Tawiah Shows the Way
It all started in 1992 and Daniel has not looked back since then. After the decision to venture into agribusiness, he now owns a two-acre pepper farm, a three-acre garden egg farm, an eight-acre rice farm, a twelve-acre cocoa farm, a pen which houses 15 sheep and an agro-chemical shop which he set up for his wife to manage. Daniel’s not done yet. Intrinsic to his burgeoning strategy in farming, he has constructed a pigsty to begin a piggery. This man means business.
From seed in the soil to cash in the pocket
Describing how business works for him, from planting to harvesting, Daniel says since
he sought to make a living out farming, he decided to venture into two fast-yielding
crops; pepper and garden eggs. He said the decision has been rewarding, revealing
that, “Pepper takes about three (3) to four (4) months to be ready for harvesting, and the good part is that you can continue to harvest for one year after the first harvest.”
During harvest seasons, he harvests seven (7) to eight (8) bags of pepper weekly,
selling each bag at an average GHS120. Additionally, he harvests 30 bags of garden
eggs weekly and sells them at GHS80 per bag. The harvest time for garden eggs is also
three (3) months after planting.
Opportunities in agriculture
RDF’s influence in the sector
RDF Ghana is proud to be a part of Daniel’s journey. Daniel is a beneficiary of RDF’s line of credit disbursed to Rural and Community Banks for the development of
agriculture and rural development. He has benefitted from three (3) loan cycles
including the Asset Finance Facility, from Sefwiman Rural Bank (a Partner Financial
Institution of RDF) to enable him to purchase a Kia truck to facilitate the movement of
As is characteristic of any business, there are challenges that need to be overcome.
Daniel shared some of his challenges with RDF.
The land tenure system has not been too favourable to Daniel. Thus he keeps moving
from one place to the other to plant, grow and harvest. He is currently seeking a piece
of land he can own for the long term.
Also, Daniel pointed out a need for education on disease control, a request RDF is
strongly considering for his benefit and the benefit of other farmers within his
community. Last year, RDF in partnership with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science
and Technology (KNUST) organised an Integrated Soil and Fertility Management
(ISFM) programme to deliver training and support services to a total of 448 cocoa and
other crop farmers in the Western, Western-North, and Central Regions. As a result of consistent engagements with farmers like Daniel and agribusiness players in general, Daniel should soon be benefitting from these pieces of training and services aimed at boosting the quality and volumes of agricultural produce.
The future is here
Cheers to a sustainable future and more employment in agriculture!