Tweneboah-Kodua, CEO/President of Desert Lion Group (left) in a handshake with Prof Otoo Ellis
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Desert Lion International (DLI) to enhance agriculture.
The collaboration, which is expected to last 10 years, is targeted at boosting the production of cocoa and oil palm, Kwame Tweneboah-Kodua, Chief Executive Officer and president of DLI said at the event.
He pointed out that the partnership would see KNUST transfer technology to DLI to help it assemble and manufacture quality agricultural inputs to help farmers produce more cocoa and oil palm.
It would also help to commercialize research work done by lecturers and students of KNUST.
Students of KNUST, he stated, would be visiting the multi-purpose Assembling Plant of DLI at Adadientem, near Ejisu which would be completed by June 2016 for practicals.
According to him, there seems to be a yawning gap between universities and farmers in the country, a development which impedes the growth of the agric sector.
He noted that DLI’s relationship with KNUST would help tackle the anomaly.
He announced that DLI, with support from KNUST, would this year supply 100,000 pieces of sprayers and sufficient insecticide (Akati Global 4000) approved by the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana and COCOBOD to farmers on credit basis.
Mr. Tweneboah-Kodua gave the assurance that DLI would assemble and manufacture agric inputs such as sprayers and pruners for the cocoa sector, adding that “we shall formulate insecticide, fungicide and other inputs to boost agric production.”
Dr. Anthony Cudjoe, Chairman of the DLI Board of Directors, top lecturers and head of departments at the KNUST were present during the signing of the MoU at KNUST in Kumasi.
Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. Otoo Ellis, lauded DLI’s decision to set up a company to manufacture agric inputs to boost cocoa and oil palm production.
He expressed concern over the current trend whereby Ghanaian businessmen channel their resources into buying and selling which do not impact on the production of food crops.
DLI, established eight years ago, is headquartered in Accra and has branches across the country.
From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi