I am Agortey Evans Sackey, a well-motivated graduate of the University of Ghana. My interest in Agriculture and for that matter Crop Production started at the early stages of my life, where I had an unflinching burden to contribute to Ghana’s agricultural production system and make it better.
This extreme desire for an improved agricultural system inspired me to pursue Agricultural Science at the Senior High level. I know from this experience that my dream of becoming an Internationally Acclaimed Agronomist had been set into motion. There was no argument to the fact that I wanted to pursue Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture where I finally majored in Crop Science at the School of Agriculture under the College of Basic and Applied Sciences of the University of Ghana. During this period of my undergraduate study, I had the opportunity of interacting with distinguished professionals in the Field of Agriculture where I was exposed to several areas including Horticulture, Seed and Weed Science, Crop Production, etc.
Still having the desire to contribute to the Agricultural Sector, I worked with the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) where I was involved in conducting and assessment of field trials on selected clonal materials of Cocoa. During this period, I realized that one of the major loopholes in Ghana’s Agriculture System is the absence of a well-structured, resourced and organized seed sector. This stimulated me to work at filling the gap in this regard.
Coincidentally, the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) of the University of Ghana introduced an MPhil programme in Seed Science and Technology. Indeed, it was a dream come true seeing I will have a holistic training from distinguished professors to build my knowledge and skills to contribute effectively to the seed sector. True to that, joining the programme in August 2015 has exposed me to several areas in the seed industry with a blend of modules in business that will build my skills as an entrepreneur.
I am very grateful to WACCI for the opportunity given me.