Ghanaian actor and politician, John Dumelo has disclosed that he employs about 300 – 400 people to work on his farm.
Speaking in a recent interview on Nhyira Fm, John Dumelo said employing individuals is his way of contributing to the country’s economy.
According to him, his desire to go into farming was inspired by his travel experience to the Northern part of Ghana where he found large acres of land lying unused.
“Ten years ago, I was driving to the Northern part of Ghana and saw huge fertile fields on the roadside, which can help the country farm and have more foodstuff to sustain the country. So I made up my mind to zoom into farming,” he said.
The actor cum farmer also stated the need for the country to invest more in agriculture. “When you get to our supermarkets, most of the fruits, ginger, and other stuff are imported, which should not be allowed because if we sit idle, one day we will import eggs,” he cautioned.
The 2020 Ayewaso West Wuogon Parliamentary Candidate of the NDC says he wish to receive the government’s support to boost his agribusiness.
“I do not get any support from the government; I finance whatever I am doing on the farm. I hope to receive support from the government and trust I will be called on board.
“It is very costly because I use my own money to pay all the workers I have employed; for instance, when it is time for harvesting, you have to pay those who uproot and all the value chain, but I am
happy about it because I have created employment for others. I can employ 300–400 workers annually”.
He continued; “Farming is now expensive, but we have the Volta River, Tunu Dam, and other big streams that can be used for irrigation in agriculture in the country. Hence, if we start irrigation farming on tomatoes, maize, and onions, it will reduce our shortage of those items,” he added.