The Executive Council of the University of Cape Coast, headed by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Ghartey paid a visit to the cluster of Greenhouses constructed with funding from EXIMBank Ghana under the project christened Youth in Greenhouse Enterprise Programme(YUGEP). The visit was to monitor progress of on-going production of vegetables which had started in earnest at the site.
Prof. Ghartey praised the Agri-Impact Consult Team for the strong efforts in promoting Agriculture and most especially Greenhouse technology, which has prospects of creating employment opportunities for the youth. In the speech delivered, He stated “we are most grateful to Ghana EXIMBANK for providing funds to initiate this strategic project, and also to Agri-Impact Consult for their technical support. I am very happy that Agriculture in Ghana is coming up really good. I have seen this elsewhere but never thought I will see it here. It has always been our dream of having something like this in future but the future is now because we are seeing it live and colored.”
He also encouraged the University community to be clients and patronise such quality vegetables. “We have finally come to the stage of harvesting and we must buy and encourage others outside the university to do likewise”.
Production has began in all ten constructed greenhouses on the University campus. A minimum of six tonnes of vegetables is expected to be generated per production cycle.
Ten beneficiaries have been trained and assigned to managing these greenhouses. Vegetables being produced include tomato, cucumber and sweet pepper