About Tropigha Farms

Tropigha Farms Ltd was founded in 1999 and covers a yard of ca. 400 ha (ca. 1.000 ac).
All fields are located close to the side arms of the Lake Volta, the second biggest artificial dam in Africa.

The proximity to Lake Volta ensures that all fields are supplied with water with the aid of a pumping system. In the last years all farm emplyoees could deepen their expertise in growing Pineapple and Papaya. The main variety of Pineapple is MD2. Furthermore Tropigha Farms growths Queen Victoria and as organic variety Sugar Loaf.

Papaya is the other main fruit which is growing with the varieties Golden and Solo. While the Pineapple MD 2 supplies a ghanaian Fresh Cut Fruit Factory in the Central Region, the Papaya and organic products will export directly to Europe. They will be sold to the major retail companies in Germany.

The complete growing process is lead by the thought of sustainability: for example; for the Papaya cultivation Tropigha uses Legominoses. This contributes in a natural way to the fertility of the soil. The fixing of nitrogen can achieve until 100kg/ha per month. The farm management around the director Helmut Lutz initiates several kinds of sustainable projects in farming. For the organic Ginger production Tropigha uses the Papaya tree to get shadow on a natural way. One further example: after harvesting the Pinepapple fields,those will be recovered by natural methods. Outstanding is the fact, tha Tropigha Farms doesn‘t use pesticides for that step. The fields are only being plowed, so that the remnants of the plant and its roots come out of the soil. This protects the soil in a natural way and prevents diseases.

Sustainability

Tropigha offers the whole staff every day a warm lunch for free, in an own cantine. This is part on the way to reach more sustainability and to bind the workers to the company.

Based on this philosophy Tropigha Farms is certified on GlobalG.A.P (Good Arigiculture Practise), on GRASP, a certificate that approbiates to keep global social standards for the company. Tropigha Farms is also certified on organic level.

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Our plans for the future

The futures biggest challenge is to find qualified people to do the jobs in farming and maintainance. As a first step Helmut Lutz has had the idea in to build a farm-own Kindergarten for the workers. Especially for single moms this would be a huge advantage.While the women are working, the children will have early childhood care and adapt social comptences.They will also playfully learn things about agriculture, farming and enviroment. In a second step, Tropigha Farms would like to train young people in agricultural and technical professions. So this can give them a vision for their own future. This contributes to secure young talent on the farm, as well as to maintain and expand jobs in the region.

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