On 19th-20th May, the UniBRAIN team participated in DANIDA’s (Danish International Development Agency) review visit to CCLEAr (the Creating Competitive Livestock Entrepreneurs in Agribusiness) incubator located at Dodowa in Ghana, some 40 Kms away from the capital city Accra. CCLEAr is a FARA UniBRAIN supported public private agribusiness incubator that focuses on the livestock value chain such as piggery, grasscutter, poultry and dairy.
The visit was mostly aimed at orientating DANIDA on CCLEAr agribusiness incubation activities, support to graduate students and achievement so far. Among the participants were: Alex Ariho, UniBRAIN Facility Coordinator; Ms Anne and Mr Mikkel from DANIDA, as well as farmers and other stakeholders from the institute of livestock research and graduate students (Ms Sethlina Naa Aryee and Mr Chukwu Emeka) from the University of Ghana and from the CCLEAr set up business program.
The visit started with the presentation of CCLEAr, followed by a discussion about the program’s area of intervention and partnership. During the presentation Dr. Adu, the incubator manager gave highlights of the incubation journey and notable achievements. From his presentation it was stated that CCLEAr managed to convert graduate students into farmers and made effective use of technology aimed at reducing farmers’ production? costs. However, he also underlined that there were challenges and not all those exposed to technologies could adopt them since there were a myriad of extraneous variables such as culture and perception that come into play.
Dr Adu also commented on CCLEAR’s future directions and indicated they were exploring establishment of horticulture parks to make use of animal manure as one of the ways forward. The presentation was followed by a meeting with graduate students who received a 6-month training from CCLEAr that gave support by helping them set up their farms as entrepreneurs.
During the activity, participants visited the Organic Piggery Demonstration Facility that uses Indigenous Micro Organism (IMO) technology. This is a technology that relies on micro-organisms to break down animal waste controlling unpleasant odours as well as helping reduce the feed cost incurred by the farmer by about 20-30%, thereby increasing farmer income. The team also visited the farmers’ fields in order to showcase how CCLEAr had made it possible for them to realise their dream and influenced the actualization of their projects. Each of the farmers led the visit to his/her own breeding farm, providing explanations on how attending CCLEAr training improved the management of his livestock and how the value chain was organised to the market point.
One of the farmers Mr. Brown was of particular interest as a breeder of grasscutters and rabbits since he came across as a micro incubator, offering training and bulking services to 35 grasscutters and rabbit farmers… He has positioned his business as a ready market and creates linkage to other markets.
The day was rich with information which enabled DANIDA Team to have a better understanding of CCLEAr’s missions, accomplishments and its support to farmers. As a result of the several visits, the exchange of information allowed them to figure out what the daily life of the farmers who attended CCLEAr’s set up business program looks like.