Poor production technologies have been identified as the key constraint to the productivity of vegetable production in Ghana. In an attempt to address the challenges, there has been introduction of some technologies including greenhouses to improve productivity. However, there is inadequate technical know-how in weak value added services to support the sector. More so, the Ministry of Agriculture lack technical expertise in modern vegetable production technologies.
Presently, Agricultural Vocation in the country is declining as most of the formal institutes providing vocational training in agriculture have been converted into tertiary institutes leaving a gap for hands-on training in agricultural vocational training.
There are no established innovative and technology training centers available to support service providers, youth and entrepreneurs to upgrade their knowledge in emerging techniques in horticulture production. A recent “needs assessment” conducted by Agri-Impact consult on the technical staff of the ministry of agriculture in urban and peri-urban areas showed that less than 10% have knowledge in the protected production of high value horticulture crops. This creates gaps in the quality of information and extensive services provided to horticulture producers and other value chain actors.
Consequently, Agri-Impact Consult led the implementation of the Productivity Enhancement for Vegetable Value Chain Actors (PEVVA) Project, with a GhanaVeg funding, to develop the skills and build the technical and business capacities of 100 vegetable SMEs, 1 Commercial Greenhouse Producers, 6 Young Graduates and 5 Technical Extension Officers, as well as 20 production Assistants of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, in high value vegetable production.
The specific objectives of this project is to:
Enhance knowledge and skills in greenhouse production technologies
Increase production, productivity and profitability of vegetable producers and suppliers
Enhance the vocational and entrepreneurial skills of young graduates in vegetables production through incubation
PEVVA commenced operations on the 1st June 2016 and ended in 2nd June 2017.
Expected outputs from the entire project implementation are as follows;
1 commercial producers selected for training
5 Technical Officers and 20 Greenhouse Production Assistants trained
1 commercial producer implementing a comprehensive production and packing protocols
100 AIC/Eden Tree Out-growers selected for training
100 AIC/Eden Tree Out-growers increased yields by 30% and profitability by at least 20%
Value chain actors linked to 2 financial institutions and Supermarkets/Aggregators
6 Incubatees/start-ups selected and mentored
6 Vegetable Business Plans Developed