The Agro Kings Farm was abuzz with excitement as 15 young women graduated from the Women in Agriculture Mechanisation Program.
This is a four-week intensive training program organised by Agro Kings Limited in partnership with GIZ and, through the Sustainable Employment through Agribusiness (AgriBiz) Programme.
The training equipped the young women with the skills and knowledge to pilot commercial drones, and operate and maintain farm machinery, specifically tractors and heavy-duty equipment.
The Women in Agriculture Mechanisation program not only teach the trainees technical skills but also provided soft skills training in health and safety management in agricultural machinery operations, drone piloting, and leadership skills.
These soft skills are necessary to build a value-driven and successful career in Agriculture.
The success of this program shows that with the right investments and partnerships, women can be empowered to drive economic growth and development in Ghana.
The employability and skills development of these young women will be boosted through a three-month internship program in agriculture mechanisation companies across the country.
Agro Kings and GIZ Ghana remain committed to supporting women and youth in agriculture through capacity-building measures that will bridge the skills gap in the sector.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the General Manager of Agro Kings, Angela Barnes, stated, “We are particularly excited about this collaboration for two reasons.
“Mechanisation is as integral as the role of women in agriculture, and partnerships like these, with the GIZ-AgriBiz programme, help in improving our immediate agricultural systems while improving the livelihoods of people.”
The Head of the AgriBiz Programme, Dr Elke Stumpf, in her remarks indicated, “The German Cooperation, through GIZ, is keen on creating sustainable economic development, employment and prosperity for all, but more especially for women and young people.
“We aim to build on getting more young women in the sector, following the 12 that were gainfully employed after last year’s training.”