Felix Kamassah is Ghana's largest producer and exporter of vegetables. The former economist is also the Chief Executive Officer of Maphlix Trust Farm. He left the banking sector in 2010 for vegetable farming in the Ketu North District of the Volta Region. His farm covers 760 ha of land, producing vegetables such as sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber and okra, both open field and in 38 greenhouses.
The Maphlix Trust Farm exports its raw vegetables - potatoes and okra to Europe (the United Kingdom and Germany). In the first half of this year, the farm exported over 180 tons of Global G.A.P Certified potatoes.
The farm grows its tomato, cucumber and tender summer squash under greenhouse conditions and working towards the construction of a packhouse to develop more markets.
"We even have markets with Texpo, but with Textpo, you need a packhouse with a laboratory, so we are working on that and it will be the biggest packhouse in West Africa," Kamassah told businessghana.com. The farm currently employs 46 permanent workers, with 60 to 70 casual workers in the catchment area.
Kamassah says AGI is profiling districts to highlight their potential for investors and hopeful operationalization of Ghana's Development Bank will help address issues of capital for entrepreneurs.