Biotechnology company CGAL seeks to invest US$68m in Ghana to promote organic farming

GHANA – Contec Global Agro Limited (CGAL), a United Kingdom based organic farming and biotechnology company, is seeking to set base in Ghana.

The company which currently operates in UK, Qatar and Nigeria, offers solution ranging from bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, bio-fungicides, plant tissue culture and probiotic plants.

According to reports by Ghanaian Times, CGAL will inject 50 million pounds (US$68m) in establishment of a state-of-the-art facility to produce and distribute its products, promoting organic farming in Ghana.

Other than availing agro-products, the company disseminates scientific information, training and development tailored research for the benefit of small holder farmers.

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“Africa especially ECOWAS cannot continue to depend on the developed nations for its food security through unabated importation. CGAL is willing to move Ghana’s food security forward.”

Chairman and Founder CGAL – Dr Benoy Berry

Chairman and founder of CGAL, Dr Benoy Berry revealed that the necessary arrangements have been concluded to enable establishment of the firm.

“The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU), with Ghanaian agencies and stakeholders would help downscale the actualisation of the project to the small holder farmers,” he said.

The decision to invest in Ghana, he explained was fuelled by the success stories of similar agriculture ventures in all the countries they operate in, showcased by the numerous accolades the company has received from the various governments, international organisations and stakeholders because of its food security and sustainable drive.

The company’s scientific organic farming strategy would not only increase food supply in the sub-region but will also increase small holder incomes, reduce malnutrition and improve livelihoods of the poor.

“Africa especially ECOWAS cannot continue to depend on the developed nations for its food security through unabated importation. CGAL is willing to move Ghana’s food security forward,” Dr Berry stated.

Dr Berry, was recently awarded by the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, (BSN), for establishing six world-class tissue labs and bio-fertiliser plants across six geo political zones in Nigeria.

He was described by the chairman of board of trustees of BSN Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe as an inventor and an African entrepreneur who could change the economic fortunes of the continent using practical biotechnology.

Meanwhile, Koudijs Ghana Ltd, part of Netherlands based Koudijs Animal Nutrition, subsidiary of Royal De Heus has launched the revolutionary complete layer feed solution in the market.

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According to the leading producer of complete feed programs, concentrates and premixes in Ghana, the new feed provides poultry farmers with the right and strictly controlled nutrients in the most balanced ratios.

It eliminates the challenge that most farmers face of purchasing poultry feeds from multiple suppliers, containing different qualities and later mixing them to feed the birds.

The product is produced at its newly built factory, sitting on a 500 acre-land in Tema, with a production capacity of 90,000 tons a year.

Construction of the company’s first compound animal feed factory in West Africa commenced in 2019, marking an important milestone for Koudijs as it transitioned from an importer to a local processor.

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