Seventy Ghanaian graduates of agricultural studies constituting the second batch of beneficiaries have been selected to have an 11-month practical attachment on farms in Israel.
This has been made possible following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed among relevant bodies of the two countries.
The participants in this year’s programme have been selected from those who underwent a three-month training in Ghana on greenhouse technology with an Israeli agricultural company, AgriTop Ltd, and agricultural students in the universities.
Under the MoU, Ghana was to present the 50 graduates for a start, with the offer of increment in subsequent years depending on the performance of the first batch.
The first batch of 50 graduates left Ghana in October last year to undergo the 11-month attachment and are expected to complete the programme in August and graduate in September this year.
Their satisfactory performance according the agric ministry led to the increment of the beneficiaries from 50 to 70.
As part of their internship in Israel, the graduates will be attached to cooperative farms called Kibbutz, where they will work on the field for five days and be in the classroom for a day.
The Ghanaian graduates will be joined by other beneficiaries from other parts of Africa, Asia and South America for the programme, which will begin from September this year.