August 14, 2020

GEPA organizes training for vegetable farmers in Keta and Anloga

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority has organized a two-day training programme on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for 50 vegetable farmers in the Keta Municipality and Anloga District.

The training programme, organized in collaboration with the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD), the Vegetable Exporters and Producers Association of Ghana (VEPEAG) and the Department of Agriculture in the Anloga District took place in Anloga.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Farmers usually complain about the lack of buyers for their produce. They produce vegetables in large quantities but would usually record heavy post harvest losses partly due their inability to find buyers or a market for their produce. Considering the generally short life-span of vegetables, it became obvious that without a ready market for the produce, more and more vegetables would go to waste thereby exacerbating the condition of these already impoverished peasant farmers. Keta and Anloga alone have more than 85,000 farmers all mainly cultivating vegetables.

What these farmers lacked were the necessary skills and techniques to cultivate vegetables for the international market including coding systems for fruits and vegetables as well as transporting the vegetables to an appropriate loading point.

Mr Kamassah, President of VEPEAG offered to support in the transportation of the vegetables once they were ready. GEPA, therefore decided to partner with the Ministry of Agric, VEPEAG and PPRSD to organize training for the farmers in line with GEPA’s mandate to develop and promote Ghana’s Non-Traditional Exports.

By embarking on this project, GEPA intends to ensure farmers are properly trained to enable them produce vegetables of good international standard and also expand the vegetable base in the district with the view to increasing Ghana’s agricultural exports. The project will further improve and modernize farming practices to empower the lives of these peasant farmers.

Following the training, farmers were given seeds of chilli peppers for cultivation. Shallot and okra seeds are also set to be given to these farmers at a later date.

Ghana recorded a 11.15% growth in the Agric sector in 2019

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