A young Ghanaian actor and politician, John Dumelo who owns many acres of farmland has been praised online for an initiative which has potentials to contribute positively to the African Agricultural sector. The young farmer who produces tons of Ginger among many other products decided to venture into value addition instead of selling at raw value.
He has created an organic brand and packaged the ginger paste into bottles without any additives with plans to supply to many shops across Ghana, Africa and beyond. The actor took to his social media platform to announce the product. “Adding value to ginger. Fresh from the farm. No preservatives. #Melofoods On the market soon….#Morevalue #gingerpaste #fresh #keeprefrigerated,” He wrote.
In times where focus is being shifted towards value addition to help scale agriculture in Africa other than the sale of products at raw value, coupled with the campaigns for organic products, many people deem his initiative laudable and praised him widely.
Apart from the ginger, the actor cum politician operates acres of farmlands, growing different types of crops including cocoa, Yam, Maize, Rice etc on a large scale. He also ventures into the rearing of different types of animals such as cattle, goats, rabbits among others.
His agricultural advocacy has served as inspiration to many young Africans to venture into farming. At intervals, he takes time to share with his numerous followers, his experience in farming, especially financial benefits and how that can help change the lives of individuals and also contribute immensely at the national and continental level. “I’m proud to be contributing my quota to national development. It is cool to be a farmer” was one of his regular posts on social media whilst packing trucks of yam from the farm.
Prior to the ginger trend, we earlier reported how the young man went viral on social media after what he termed as “Midyear Cabbage review” in which he revealed that, “Cabbage takes 2.5-3 months to harvest. You can harvest about 3,000-5,000 heads per acre depending on the spacing. Each head can be sold for about 6gh ($1) depending on the season.”
Many people found the information useful and expressed interest in farming. His celebrity status and alluring posture with which he advocates for farming activities is worth the hype, purposely to motivate other farmers to do more for the continent.