Central Ghana is a remote and dry area. Many youths, but also women and especially widows, hardly see any chances. George Fugluu shows them that there are opportunities. In organic farming, and especially in organic pig farming.
For a long time, George was a lecturer in agriculture at a senior high school in Tamala. Now he turns the theory he taught his students into practice. He starts a small-scale farm in Yabraso, near Kintampo in Central Ghana, where everyone who is interested can come to learn the job of farming.
His main goal is to show how a small-scale, organic farm can generate income. Everyone is welcome to watch and learn. For the youth in this area, but also for women and especially widows, there’s a great need for an income, or at least the possibility to grow their own food. So it is not only a farm and a school but also a social project.
George has leased four hectares of land. He already grows some vegetables. The most important part, however, will be the pigs, because that’s George's expertise. He starts with three sows and a boar. After two years, if everything turns out well, he might have twenty sows that deliver eighty to one hundred fattening pigs every year.
The pig farm does not need to be any bigger, especially because he also wants to start his own slaughterhouse, including a sausage factory. This allows him to deliver directly to the consumer. With this he adds value to his pigs and his farming school has an extra training program.
There is enough market, with more than 50,000 inhabitants within ten kilometers. It’s also possible to use leftovers from restaurants for pig feed. There are plenty of restaurants because of the tourists who come to visit the nearby waterfalls of Kintampo. He supplements the kitchen waste with maize and beans from his own garden and with energy-rich cassava skins that he can get from his neighbour.
What he needs to get started are some stables and a warehouse. But especially water. George did already sink a borehole that delivers enough water, but he needs a pump that runs on solar energy. This will cost him €3.000,-.
Would you give George some support?
Marc van der Sterren