History of Tropigha Farms

Tropigha Farms Ltd is the „baby“ of Mr Helmut Lutz. He is the founder of Tropigha Farms in the year 2001.
Experienced as farm manager from other farms he wanted to realize his own dream.

Mr. Lutz has the adventure gene deep inside. Born in Filderstadt/Germany and growed up in a farmer family he left Germany in 1993 finally.

After a lot of visits he planned to spend the rest of his life in Africa. Where wasn´t clear. Only one thing the learnt machinist didn´t want: to be a farmer like his father. But life sometimes is running strange ways. And so, among other after stations as a bar-owner in Accra an das a maintainance-manager he landed in Gbefi/Hoeme (Volta Region), somewhere in the middle of nowhere, but close to the Lake Volta.

With a partner he start to build and preparing the farm. After a time separates the ways with this partner. But a new partner is found very quickly: Fritz Schumacher, a German farmer with a lot of expertise in Pineapple growing and big Africa experience, came on board. Both knew each other since youth.

In the year 2000 Mr Lutz marriaged an african lady, his long term girlfriend. Until today she organized from the Accra-Office the administration. So they complement each other perfectly. In the follow years the farm expanded focused on Papaya growing. While Helmut Lutz was running the operations on the farm, his partner organized sales and marketing in Europe.

Until 2012 the business was growing step by step. But then came an unbelieveable big plant disease. As a result of this the complete Papaya harvest had to destroy. The economic damage  was existence endangering.

However, the darkest time was also a chance: so  Helmut Lutz decided to expand the cultures which he growed. He started with planting and growing Pineapple, varity MD2. Beside he worked on the organic project for Pineapple and later Ginger also. Furthermore he refined the growing of Papaya. So the farm came to the state of today.

Helmut Lutz is a passionately fighter for sustainability and a clean enviroment. So he wants in a near future change more and more to use clean energy on the farm. The start is done with an E-Quad, which is used to go on the fields every day.

Another big concern for him is to make the farm fit for future. He is starting now to build a Kindergarten, later on the  education to qualifying of youth people will be a further step for him. With young talents as specialists, the farm will also be competitive in the future, Helmut Lutz is sure.