A Junior High School (JHS) graduate of the Sra Presbyterian Basic School at Trom in the Yilo Krobo District of Somanya in the Eastern Region has made giant strides through mango farming.
Maxwell Kofi Lee is a mango farmer and the Chief Executive officer (CEO) of MKL Worth Farms in Somanya.
23-year-old Maxwell, owns a 10-acre mango farm inherited from his father after his passing.
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According to Maxwell, his father passed away when he (Maxwell) was very young and he has since been in the mango producing business for over ten years.
“I always knew I would invest in agriculture someday because that is our only source of livelihood in my community," he noted.
Maxwell has however given a different meaning to farming by proving wrong those who think farming is for illiterates.
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Maxwell said although the farming activities was mostly dominated by old folks, the youth have equally developed an interest in agriculture and he was more than glad to be a part of it.
“Nowadays, young Ghanaian men and women are more interested in professional jobs like medical doctor, banker, engineer among others and they see farming to be the only job reserved for illiterates,” he said.
Maxwell, who is the first of two children added that “nobody wants to do the conventional standing in the hot sun and sweating and labour that comes with it.”
Touching on some of the challenges he faces in his line of work, he said farmers find it difficult to bring their produce due to poor roads.
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He also lamented the collapse of the rail network. He said this has forced his mangoes to sold mostly to ready-to-buy bulk buyers.
“The biggest problem we have is we don’t have enough storage sheds; those that exist are mostly not refrigerated and there are few processing plants,” he disclosed.
Maxwell identified Ghana’s agricultural sector as one of the most formidable economic ventures and urged the government to pay more attention to the farmers and equally help address their challenges.
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