By BOB KIRKPATRICK The Sun Tribune
A cargo container of brand new agricultural equipment bound for the remote village of Assaasafofum, Ghana is about to arrive, and with it brings a change in centuries old methods of farming.
“It’s quite an exciting time — my village has never had mechanized farming,” Tribal Chief Dr. Kwesi Osei-Bonsu said. “It’s the first time we are going to mechanize the land — people are looking forward to it. Because it is new — everyone is waiting and watching to see how it will go. We have cleared about 25 acres of land and are making sure everything is set so when the truck arrives with the machinery, we’ll be ready for planting.”
The equipment, a John Deere 55 HP tractor with a front end loader and land clearing attachments, an IMANTS (PTO) power driven spader, a Rears PTO power driven stock shredder, a two-row John Deere corn planter, and a John Deere Gator utility vehicle loaded with a combination welder, generator, air compressor and a large tool box with English and metric tools and a supply of parts and consumables, all valued at roughly $100,000, is the generous donation of Roger Thieme, owner of Evergreen Implement in Othello.
This story originally appeared in the Sun Tribune.