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Madam Felicia Afia Owusu-Nyantakyi

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Seedshop Company Limited is a registered Ghanaian company dealing primarily in agro-inputs, fertilisers, pesticides, farming tools and knapsack sprayers as well as offering extension services to smallholder farmers.

Madam Felicia Afia Owusu-Nyantakyi is the founder and CEO of Seedshop Company Limited. Over the years, she expanded her activities from importing vegetable and flower seeds from MayFord Seeds in South Africa and included pesticides and fertilizers to her product range which led to the establishment a full-blown agricultural input dealership, the Seedshop Company Ltd.   Currently, she operates from the Millennium Development Authority’s Agribusiness Centre at Gomoa Abaasa in the Central region of Ghana where she offers a wide range of agricultural services from pre-planting in the area of tractor services, through to post-harvest services (from carting of maize, shelling, drying, cleaning and warehousing) to marketing of maize. She is currently working with 30 Farmer Based organisations (FBOs), each consisting of about 50 farmers.

Madam Felicia Afia Owusu-Nyantakyi plays various roles in the agribusiness sector of Ghana. She is a member of the National Variety Release and Registering Committee, the highest decision making body in the release and registration of all the new varieties of seeds by researchers.

She is also the current President of African Union’s NEPAD/CAADP Non-State Actors Coalition in Ghana – CNC, the office that brings all non-state actors along the agricultural value chain together to engage the government in agricultural issues, be it advocacy or policy. The national CNC is affiliated to the continental CNC with headquarters in Kenya.

Madam Felicia Afia Owusu-Nyantakyi is the only female executive member of The National Seed Traders Association of Ghana -NASTAG, which is also affiliated to the Africa Seed Traders Association, headquartered in Kenya. She is the second vice -president of the Association of Women in Agribusiness (WIANG), a group seeking to mentor young prospective women in the industry.

Madam Felicia Afia Owusu-Nyantakyi is also the former vice-president of the Ghana Agricultural Inputs Dealers Association -GAIDA, the organisation of all certified input dealers in the Ghana with strong regional presence throughout the country, in supplying and distribution of agro inputs.

Her Motivation

  • My passion for a good salad motivated me to experiment with vegetable seeds in my home garden. Ultimately, this passion led me to establish a seed business.
  • My husband was instrumental in helping me advance my business. Through his network, he linked me up to suppliers from RSA and so I became the first distributor of Mayford seed in Ghana. I first opened a seed shop and later diversified into chemicals.
  • My desire to help small farmers deal with post-harvest losses led me to establish an agro processing plant and grain warehouse with a grant from The Millennium Development Authority, Ghana.
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