Non-Traditional and Non-Timber Forest Product Ranges:
The following products and their respective intercrops will be developed under both the nucleus and outgrower schemes using an agroforestry approach.
These products form part of a wider range of crops under consideration
|1. Cocoa - Core, Coffee,Oil Palm, Black Pepper, Allanblakia, Citrus
Pineapple, Coconut, Guava, Carambola (Star fruit),Passion Fruit
|2. Medical Plants, Spices and Herbs
Voacanga Africana, Noni, Grifornia simplicifolia, Afromomum meleguetta (Grains of Paradise)
Bixa orellera (Annatto), Tetrapluera tetraptera (Prekese), Xylopia aethiopica, Desmodium adscendans, Catharautus roseus, Rauvolfa vomitoria,Garcina kola (cola nitida), Kola Nuts (Cola nitida), Moringa oleifera, Monodora myristica,Capsicum frutescens
3. Exotica, Synsepalum dulciferum (Sweet berries) (Taste Enhancer), Thaummatococcus Danieli (Thaumatin) (Miraculous Fruit) (Protein Sweetner), Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii (Guinea potato, Monellin Serendipity berry) Protein Sweetner
The major criteria for the selection of the non-traditional products under consideration is their ability to flourish under tropical rainforest conditions.
The favourable weather of these localities and the soil types encountered will support viable Cocoa, Timber, Spices, Fruits, Exotic and Medicinal plants and Herbs.
The planting materials eg seeds and seedlings will be generated from proven parent trees, and by established Research Institutions namely Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana and the Plant Genetic Resource Centre-Bunso
The rising demand for fuelwood, poles and timber, tree fodder and agricultural land and in recent times the incidence of illegal mining has greatly accelerated deforestation.
This has had numerous consequences such as soil erosion, land degradation, lower agricultural production, fuelwood shortages, and the siltation of rivers, streams and lakes.
Against this background, the Government of Ghana initiated the National Agroforestry Policy in 1986 to promote the practice of Agroforestry for sustainable land use.
Specific objectives include;
- To improve and maintain soil fertility for increased productivity of the land
- To control soil erosion and other land degradation processes
- To promote research, training and extension in all aspects of Agroforestry.
Wilson Consortium embraces these objectives;
Ghana will from this year, 2017, start the implementation of an environmental program to significantly reduce deforestation and degradation in the country’s cocoa landscape. This program is part of the National REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation + Conservation of Forests, Sustainable Forest Management and Enhancement of Carbon Stocks) initiative.
Wilson Consortium Ltd understands and appreciates the need for an integrated approach to facilitate large-scale changes in farming practices and that very serious land use decision making is required to reduce deforestation and degradation and promote forest growth.
An Agroforestry Approach we believe will go a long way in mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change and address the challenges we as a people and country face in finding long lasting solutions to protect the environment
Project Rationale and Significant Benefits:
The realization of the set corporate vision of WILSON CONSORTIUM LTD. would mean a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of Ghana. Among the several significant benefits that the nation will derive from WILSON CONSORTIUM LTD. are:-
1. Employment Generation
Employment for poor rural farm families. With an average farm family size of five (5), thousands of people will be fully employed by the project both direct and indirect when it attains 100% capacity utilization.
2. Poverty Reduction
By both direct and indirect permanent employment within the catchment areas of the project, poverty will be sustainably reduced.
3. Food Security
There will be positive impact on food security needs of the country in both the short run and long term from the incorporation of staple food crops such as plantain, cocoyam, etc as intercrops and those that will be part of the project proper overtime.
The project will provide assured market for Non – Traditional Export Crop peasant farmers in the country.
5. Environmental Enhancement
The Project will contribute its quota to the country’s strategy on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Sustainable Management of Forests and Enhancing Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+)
The Project will also cover large tracts of land including areas that have been devastated by illegal surface mining and logging and given the intercropping system recommended, there will be effective ground cover and recycling of organic manure through decomposition of leaves and other plant debris. These confer environmental protection against soil and wind erosion
6.Foreign Exchange Earnings
Additional and sustainable contribution on the average from exports to the national foreign exchange earnings annually.
7. Foreign Aid
Contribute to the reduction of Ghana’s dependence on Foreign Aid.
8.The Rural Youth And Migration
Attraction of and contribution to the training of the rural youth in agriculture and related vocations in order to stem the ever growing migration to urban areas for non – existing jobs.
9. Rural Development
The project, considering the Rationale and Benefits will significantly contribute its quota to Rural Development in Ghana.
Botanicals Procurement Network:
Appreciating the fact that some botanicals will be collected from the wild, we intend to build a network based on talent and enthusiasm of strong and confident, well trained farm – families / forest collector groups.
The farm – families / collector groups will receive their training primarily and informally from our district procurement officers and agents via a “hands-on” approach.
The company will provide a well– rounded training program to support district officers and agents at every level of involvement.
Believing that the training of procurement agents and collectors should come from a source ultimately aware of what it takes to build a procurement network business,