Vegetable Producers & Exporters

Association of Ghana

(Capacity building for 100 vegetable producers for enhanced productivity and competitiveness at the marketplace).

Introduction

Though vegetable production can improve food security and alleviate poverty, the key challenge facing our organization is the lack of capital and other resources to build the capacity of farmers to adopt the use of compost and organic fertilizers, good agronomic practices, good record keeping and effective farm business management during the production of the vegetables. This is a problem as farmers’ continuous use of chemical fertilizers for production as well as inability to follow good agronomical practices, and poor farm business management leads to the production of vegetables that do not meet local and international market standards, ultimately, resulting in poor patronage of produce and low income.  The current practice of using chemicals fertilizers for production makes it difficult for farmers to meet the ever-increasing preference and hence demand for environmentally friendly vegetable produce i.e. organic produce, for both local and international markets.  The objective of the training is to strengthen the capacity of our farmers in the proper, more profitable and sustainable production of vegetables that meets market standards both locally and internationally.

 

We were to train 25 farmers from the Eastern region on the first day of training 25 farmers showed up of which 23 were male and 2 were female. The second day of training 28 farmers showed up of which 24 were male and 4 women.


Farmers were given theory lessons on good agronomic practices, managing  farm as a business in class room and allowed to bring out some challenges they encounter in the production of vegetables and solutions to their farm challenges provided by the trainers. Each farmer received 3 copies of the manual developed for the training. Field work which is the practical aspect of the training was carried out where each farmer was allowed to take part in every activity on the field.

 

Topics Covered
ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF A VEGETABLE FARM
Major factors to consider:   

  • Site and location  
  • Planning
  • Tools, equipment and machines
  • Buildings and
  • Consumable stores

Nursery Establishment/Management

Good seeds are a mark of a good beginning in the vegetable production enterprise. It is therefore important to carefully select seeds for nursery. This will encourage uniform growth and also reduce pest and disease incidence.

 

Harvesting and post-harvest Management

  • Harvesting should be done in the morning or in the cool part of the day using the appropriate tool

    Conclusion
    Farmers were very excited about the training given to them and testify that they have attended trainings upon trainings but VEPEAG/SDF capacity building training gave them detailed practical lessons that could not be thrown away easily. They also appreciated the fact that farming should be viewed as a business and not a way of life.