GhanaVeg Project Partners

Project Activities

VoltaVeg

Project objectives

  1. Diversify production base by cultivating vegetables with high export potential
  2. Improve product quality and export value by obtaining third party certification
  3. Improve product quality by introducing new, affordable and user-friendly modernized agricultural technologies
  4. Increase farm productivity of vegetable farmers through training in good agricultural practices and the use of irrigation
  5. Increase export market share and attract more buyers

Activities and deliverables 

Activities

  1. Diversify production base by cultivating vegetables with high export potential
  • Import hybrid seeds for cultivation
  • Prepare land for cultivation
  • Provide certified agro chemicals to out growers
  • Build on-farm primary sorting sheds for out grower farms
  1. Improve product quality and export value by obtaining third party certification
  • Apply for GlobalG.A.P certification
  • Build 2 pack houses in Ayensuano and Krachi Districts
  • Purchase equipment for pack house inspection rooms
  • Train 10 pack house staff on proper post-harvest handling techniques
  • Set up irrigation systems
  1. Improve product quality by introducing new, affordable and user-friendly modernized agricultural technologies
  • Purchase handheld equipment
  • Provide pheromone traps
  1. Increase farm productivity of vegetable farmers through training in good agricultural practices and the use of irrigation
  • Train out growers on good agronomic practice
  1. Increase export market share and attract more buyers
  2. Develop Volta Veg website

 

Deliverables

  • 200 farmers provided with high quality seeds and agro chemicals (fertilisers and pesticides) for vegetable cultivation
  • 163 acres of farm land prepared and placed under cultivation of vegetables
  • 58 primary sorting and holding sheds built
  • 220 farmers trained in Global Gap standards
  • Global Gap Option 1 with multi-sites certification obtained
  • 2 fully equipped pack houses with inspection room in operational
  • At least 10 pack house staff trained on post-harvest handling techniques
  • 58 out growers (180 women in groups of 10 = 18 out grower groups, each group has an irrigation system; 40 out growers in Ayensuano) have installed irrigation facilities
  • 200 pieces of 4-in-1 mini testers, 1 piece of water quality meter and 2 pieces of IPM scope purchased and in use
  • 200 farmers have access to agricultural technologies at affordable rates
  • Total sales revenue of USD 852,500 obtained from the export of 1550 tons of vegetables
  • Iterative website active

AB Farms

Project objectives

  1. Increase the annual production of its fresh vegetables from around 70T to 280T, and revenues from 120,000 to 250,000 Euro through an increase and expansion in the production and export of Okra, Beans, Guar, Papri and Tinda by the end of 2017
  2. Increase the number of the out-growers from 30 to 40 by expanding production and exports of okra, beans and Tinda. It will also increase its number of employees from 15 to 25 with improved conditions of service
  3. Acquire GlobalG.A.P certification option 1 for own farm to be followed by option 2 for out-growers (group certification for 30 out-growers). This will reduce the prevalence of pest in the production of vegetables. It will further set up good SSOP in the pack house while setting up a good traceability system

Activities

Increase the annual production of its fresh vegetables from 70T to 280T, and revenues from 120,000 to 250,000 Euro

  • Establish improved nurseries and implement best practices including the use of nursery crates, row and thin planting and shading of nursery
  • Construct a dam and purchase 5 irrigation pumps to provide water for irrigation all year for quality vegetables for exports through regular availability of water
  • Produce 120 tons of okra, 80 tons of beans and 80 tons of Tinda along with 30 out-growers to support own production
  • Obtain registered and confirmed pesticides from approved suppliers
  • Improve pack house by washing, grading and packing lines to ensure good packing conditions for vegetables

Increase the number of out-growers from 30 to 40 by expanding the production and exports of okra, beans and Tinda

  • Recruit 10 more out-growers to expand production of okra, beans and Tinda
  • Employ 10 more direct farm worker for various value chain roles

Acquire GlobalG.A.P certification option 1 for own farm to be followed by option 2 for out-growers (group certification for 10 of 40 out-growers)

  • Enrol agronomists unto the GhanaVeg training program to improve skills
  • Train 40 out-growers on GAP in preparation for GlobalG.A.P certification
  • Organize and obtain GlobalG.A.P group certification for company and at least 10 out-growers

Deliverables

  • 120 tons of Okra, 80 tons of beans and 80 tons of Tinda produced and exported
  • 2 training workshops organised for out-growers
  • Constructed dam to provide regular source of water
  • Pack house refurbished
  • 5 irrigation pumps purchased-4 functioning at out-grower fields and 1 at AB farms
  • Additional trainings organized and GlobalG.A.P certification for company and out-grower obtained

iDE

Project objectives

  1. Construct and operate two greenhouse nurseries (200 square meters each) in the Northern and Upper East regions of Ghana;
  2. Update iDE Ghana’s crop protocols to include effective vegetable crop rotations (of roots-legumes-leafs-fruits) and facilitate a training-of-trainers for iDE Ghana extension staff to learn better methods of transferring knowledge to adult farmers;
  3. Forward finance ninety 500 m2 block vegetable plots with a suite of irrigation and agro-input technologies, including seedlings from the nurseries;
  4. Enable iDE Ghana to buy-back harvests from the forward-financed farmers/farmer groups at the end of each growing cycle and use the economies of scale to increase selling power for farmers and iDE Ghana. Profits will then be distributed horizontally across the farmers and will eventually be used to fully fund iDE Ghana’s working costs within 3 years.

Activities

  1. Construct and operate two greenhouse nurseries (200 square meters each) in the Northern and Upper East regions of Ghana
  • Identify site locations (potentially near Tamale and Bolgatanga offices), procure and construct low-cost 200 m2 nursery greenhouses.
  • Construct two 200 m2 nursery greenhouses.
  • Germinate seedlings for onions and peppers — on the basis of market agreements with vendors, aggregators, and processors.
  • Construct shelves for vegetable drying
  1. Update iDE Ghana’s crop protocols to include effective vegetable crop rotations (of roots-legumes-leafs-fruits) and facilitate a training-of-trainers for iDE Ghana extension staff to learn better methods of transferring knowledge to adult farmers.
  • Draft content of different production protocols for onions, peppers, sweet potatoes, and cucumbers.
  • Format content into three trainings: planting, cultivation and maintenance, and harvesting and post-harvest handling. These will become field guides for FBAs to provide extension services.
  • Conduct Training of Trainers, Knowledge and Skills training for FBAs on how to transfer knowledge to adult farmers.
  • Conduct variety trial for cucumber, cabbage, and sweet peppers.
  1. Forward finance ninety (90) 500 m2 block vegetable plots with a suite of irrigation and agro-input technologies, including seedlings from the nurseries
  • iDE to use selection criteria to offer irrigation and vegetable packages to ninety qualified farmers via written agreements.
  • FBAs will install irrigation technologies on 90 farmers’ 500 m2
  • FBAs will provide extension and irrigation technical services throughout growing cycles.
  • FBAs will monitor crops’ growth and harvest dates—coordinate with Market Advisor on targeted harvest dates and quantities.
  • FBAs work with farmers to assist with the harvesting, sorting, packing and transporting of ninety farm plots.
  • Under the guidance of the Marketing Advisor, the Supply Chain Manager will coordinate FBA’s and the collection and storage of products.
  • Once products are sold in the market, farmers receive payments as agreed upon at the beginning of the growing cycle. (Options will be provided of applying earning towards the next growing cycle).
  • Seedlings started in greenhouse nurseries to meet market demand (researched by Market Advisor).

Enable iDE Ghana to buy-back harvests from the forward-financed farmers/farmer groups at the end of each growing cycle and use the economies of scale to increase selling power for farmers and iDE Ghana. Profits will then be distributed

  1. horizontally across the farmers and will eventually be used to fully fund iDE Ghana’s working costs within 3 years
  • FBAs will monitor crops’ growth and harvest dates—coordinate with Market Advisor on targeted harvest dates and quantities.
  • FBAs work with farmers to assist with the harvesting, sorting, packing and transporting of ninety farm plots.
  • Under the guidance of the Marketing Advisor, the Supply Chain Manager will coordinate FBA’s and the collection and storage of products.
  • Once products are sold in the market, farmers receive payments as agreed upon at the beginning of the growing cycle. (Options will be provided of applying earning towards the next growing cycle).

Deliverables

  • Two 200 m2 nursery greenhouses constructed.
  • Seedlings prepared for farmers to transplant to their 500 m2 irrigated farm plots.
  • Seedlings become available for iDE farmers to transplant
  • At least 90 farmers with whom iDE Ghana trained using new extension techniques and materials
  • Ninety (90) plots of 500 m2 each placed under irrigated vegetable cultivation to deliver a total output sales value of $US 225,000 (in revenue) at the end of year one.
  • 300 m2 of shelves for storage constructed.
  • Production protocols for onions, peppers, cabbages and cucumbers developed
  • Updated training materials for FBA’s.
  • Ninety (90) agreements signed with 90 farmers.
  • Daily and weekly real-time reports via salesforce (M&E tool) produced.
  • Crops sold to the market and agreements honoured with farmer/farmer groups

Linkougud

Project objectives

  1. Improve extension services to 75 smallholder vegetable farmers

To improve payment behaviour of its clients under its pre-financing scheme to smallholder farmers, the company will implement a comprehensive marketing and training program for 75 smallholder vegetable farmers.

  1. Establish 2 water harvesting ponds in the Eastern Region

Linkougud will establish 2 water harvesting ponds for demonstration to commercial farmers, companies, NGOs and government institutions. The 2,000 m2 ponds (including solar pump irrigation) will be established in Abetima and Mensaman, and for each site 8 smallholder farmers will be equipped with the 1 acre irrigation kit. The long term goal of the company is to market the concept to commercial farmers, companies and NGOs, as well as establish water harvesting ponds in all 216 districts of Ghana via Public-Private Partnerships with local governments.

  1. Introduce solar pump irrigation to 10 smallholder farmers in the Eastern Region

Rising fuel prices and electricity scarcity pose serious challenges for smallholders that use Linkougud’s irrigation kit. In recent years the efficiency and price of solar technology have drastically improved, and Linkougud will equip 10 smallholder farmers in Otupakrum with 1 acre solar pump irrigation kits.

Activities and deliverables  

Activities

  1. Improve extension services to 75 smallholder vegetable farmers
  • Recruit & employ Senior Agronomist
  • Recruit, employ & train Junior Agronomist
  • Recruit & employ Senior Engineer
  • Train 75 smallholder vegetable farmers
  • Acquire 2 motor bikes
  • Link 15 smallholder farmers to vegetable wholesalers for produce off-take
  • Develop training manual and plan
  1. Establish 2 water harvesting ponds in the Eastern Region
  • Recruit & employ Senior Agronomist
  • Recruit, employ & train Junior Agronomist
  • Recruit & employ Senior Engineer
  • Secure land for harvesting ponds in Abetima and Mensaman
  • Scout, contract and train 16 smallholder farmers
  • Acquire Ghana Green Label certification for 16 smallholder farmers
  • Establish 2 water harvesting ponds
  • Link 16 smallholder farmers to vegetable wholesalers for produce off-take
  • Communicate results of water harvesting pond project to the GhanaVeg Business Platform
  1. Introduce solar pump irrigation to 10 smallholder farmers in the Eastern Region
  • Recruit & employ Senior Agronomist
  • Recruit, employ & train Junior Agronomist
  • Recruit & employ Senior Engineer
  • Scout, contract and train 10 smallholder farmers
  • Acquire Ghana Green Label certification for 10 smallholder farmers
  • Establish 10 demonstration farms
  • Link 16 smallholder farmers to vegetable wholesalers for produce off-take
  • Communicate results of water harvesting pond project to the GhanaVeg Business Platform

Deliverables

  • Senior and Junior Agronomists, Senior Engineer employed and trained (Junior Agronomist)
  • Knowledge of 75 +10 smallholder farmers improved
  • 2 motor bikes operational in extension service support
  • Market access of 16smallholder farmers secured
  • Training manual produced
  • 16 + 10 smallholder farmers obtain Ghana Green Label certification
  • 2 water harvesting ponds operational
  • Project report presented and distributed to GhanaVeg stakeholders
  • 10 demonstration farms established and farmers shown best practices
  • 4 quarterly reports submitted

RIPM

Project objectives

The overall project is to promote IPM as a method of pest and disease control and reduce the use of synthetic pesticides in vegetable production in Ghana.  This general objective would be achieved through a series of specific objectives:

  1. The registration with EPA of two biological control agents Bacillus subtilis and Beauveria bassiana on vegetable crops.
  2. The registration by label extension of Metarhizium anisopliae and Trichoderma asperellum in vegetables
  3. The demonstration of biological control in selected field vegetables.
  4. The training of 12 advisers on IPM based crop protection. This training will be based on the principles of the BASIS certificate of competence.
  5. The training of 12 advisers on responsible fertiliser use. This training will be based on the principles of the FACTS certificate of competence.

Activities and deliverables 

Activities

  1. The registration with EPA of two biological control agents Bacillus subtilis and Beauveria bassiana on vegetable crops
  • Submit dossier to EPA
  • EPA approved registration trials
  • Trials undertaken by UoG + economic assessment
  • Visit by RIPM
  • Registration completed
  1. The registration by label extension of Metarhizium anisopliae and Trichoderma asperellum in vegetables
  • Submit dossier to EPA
  • EPA approved registration trials
  • Trials undertaken by UoG + economic assessment
  • Registration completed
  1. The demonstration of biological control in selected field vegetables
  • Identification of crop sites
  • Undertake field trial with growers + economic assessment
  • Develop training guides
  • Visit by RIPM
  1. Two separate trainings of 12 advisers on IPM based crop protection and responsible fertilizer use. This training will be based on the principles of the BASIS certificate of competence, and principles of the FACTS certificate of competence.
  • Training course delivered
  • Organize for training materials and training logistics (venue costs, travel & transport)

Deliverables

  • Registration certificates for four biological products, from EPA
  • Trials conducted for four biological agents and a report produced
  • Demonstration of biological control products conducted for 1,000 farmers
  • Registration certificates for Bacillus subtilis and Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae and Trichoderma asperellum obtained from EPA
  • Training of 12 advisors based on FACTS and BASIS certificates of competence
  • Report of future strategy to enter the Ghanaian vegetable produced
  • Memorandum of Understanding with UoG on current and future collaboration
  • Published guides

Syngenta

Objectives

The specific objectives of the project are to

  • Identify and select three representative reference farms from the major tomato growing regions in Ghana based on historical data
  • Collect global positioning system (GPS), soil and weather data from all reference farms
  • Evaluate the stability and adaptability of fruit yield of three Syngenta tomato hybrids in representative reference farms following the ECOWAS/Ghana variety release procedure
  • Engage “receptive” farmers (who are willing to adopt hybrid seed technology along with its associated agronomic practices for increased productivity) in the trailing and yield testing of the Syngenta tomato hybrid varieties

Activities

  1. Select representative reference farms based on i) acreage under cultivation; ii) willingness of farmer to adopt hybrid seed technology and associated agronomic practices and iii) presence of irrigation facilities on farmer’s field historical data on disease pressure. The following locations are planned:
  • The Wienco trial fields at Weija in the Greater Accra region
  • Agri-Commercial Services limited (a processing factory) at Wenchi
  • Pwalugu in the Upper East region)
  1. Collect GPS information on all reference farms using GPS devise
  2. Collect soil data from reference farms and weather data from Ghana Meteorological Service Department
  3. Plant 6 Syngenta tomato hybrids plus 3 lines from Crop Research Institute and 3 checks (Pectomec, Cibelia and Nowara) in 4 row plots in RCBD, replicated 3 times per site at 3 reference farms
  4. Collect growth and yield data on record plants following the ECOWAS/Ghana variety release procedure including the following
  • Germination
  • Fruit size
  • Firmness
  • Shape
  • Size uniformity
  • Average number pf fruit/plant
  • Average yield (kg)
  • Average yield/ha
  1. Analyse growth and yield data using appropriate statistics to select top performers
  2. Organize farmer field days for at least 100 farmers in the vicinity of each reference farm

Deliverables

  • At least three representative reference farms identified in major tomato growing regions in Ghana
  • GPS information of at least 3 reference farms in Ghana obtained
  • Soil Information (such as type and structure) on reference farms and weather data (rainfall and temperature) of all the geographical areas of the reference farms obtained
  • About 432 rows of the hybrids and checks planted across 3 sites in reference farms
  • Data on growth and yield parameters obtained
  • A ranking of top hybrid performers obtained
  • Production manual to guide production of Syngenta tomato hybrids
  • Publication of data in peer-review journal
  • Farmers, seed and processing companies, and Government agencies aware of the existence and availability of high yielding Syngenta tomato hybrids

Touton

Project description

Build internal expertise on vegetable production:

The RSC agronomists will be trained by external organizations and partners on best farming methods for vegetable production to provide technical expertise and support to the farmers

 Activities

  • Inception training for 14 RSC agronomists (2 days before the start of the program)
  • In-depth training for 6 “master agronomist” (3 days per month during 5 months)
  • Develop comprehensive internal training manual for the agronomists and lead farmers
  • Develop a “making good business with additional livelihood” manual (production tracking + P&L)

Deliverables

  • 6 agronomists mobilized to support the project
  • 14 agronomists from RSC trained
  • 6 ‘master agronomists’ are trained on a monthly basis on specific topics (e.g. soil fertility management, permaculture, pest & disease management, irrigation technics, post-harvest management…)
  • 1 additional livelihood master training manual is developed
  • 1 training/learning guide for Lead farmers
  • 1 passbook developed. Each farmer trained by lead farmer received a training/monitoring manual

To increase productivity and income from vegetable production:

More farmers will be enrolled onto the program. Inputs will be made available at the RSC shops for sale to farmers. Different production methods will be demonstrated through action research and learning will be adopted.

Activities

  • Conduct market studies for local and regional markets
  • Development of market-cropping calendar or planner for each livelihood option
  • Retail improved planting material and farming equipment (e.g. vegetable and cash crops seeds, fertilizers, crop protection products, compost, seedlings, equipment).
  • The RSC have inputs shops where farmers can buy all the needed material for farming activities. In order to facilitate access to these materials to all the farmers, even in remote areas, franchisees will buy the equipment at wholesale price from the RSC and retail it at the society level. The franchisees are young agribusiness entrepreneurs linked to the RSC by a franchise contract.
  • RSC district demo plots establish and retail hard to nurse vegetable seedlings
  • Lead Farmers, with the support of agronomists and extension agents, train the farmers on best farming practices and additional livelihood for commercial purposes

Deliverables

  • Farmers are provided with customized recommendations on relevant markets for the local and regional scales.
  • 5 market-cropping calendar developed
  • All farmers from the RSC districts can have access to quality material for additional livelihood activities (and customized recommendations)
  • 5,000 vegetable and fruits seedlings are grown for sale
  • At least 1,200 farmers are trained on best farming practices and additional livelihood for commercial purposes (800 block farm and 400 others)

To enhance extension support:

Agronomists will train lead farmers on best practices at the RSCs. The farmers will be provided with kits to establish farm and train other farmers. Agronomists will backstop lead farmers to coach farmers on-site.

Activities

  • Registration of volunteer Lead farmers
  • Establish block farms in 120 communities (1 Lead Farmer and 4 to 5 interested farmers around the demo plot).
  • The demo plots are 40m² and beyond (2 rows of 10m X 1m. 1 row under organic practices and 1 row under conventional practices).
  • Provision of input kits for demo plots
  • Agronomists conduct training of trainers with Lead Farmers.
  • 2 initial training and 1 additional training in the year.
  • Lead Farmers train the farmers from the block farm + others on additional livelihood practices.
  • Agronomists conduct regular follow-up visits at the communities (support for the training + coaching and continuous improvement)

Deliverables

  • 120 Lead Farmers are registered to the training and to set up demo plots (70 1st year and 50 the 2nd year)
  • 120 block farms are set up among 120 communities (70 the 1st year and 50 the 2nd year)
  • 120 Lead Farmers are provided with inputs kits to set up the demo plots (improved seeds, watering cans, cocoa peats, seed trays)
  • 120 Lead Farmers are trained on additional livelihood
  • At least 800 block farm farmers are trained by Lead Farmers + 400 other farmers on additional livelihood practices.
  • 120 communities are visited at least once per month by the agronomists for follow-up and coaching

To explore sourcing and retail business models for district and regional markets:

Will do market feasibility studies to explore viable distribution channels. Farmers/farmer groups will also be trained on financial literacy and business development models.

Activities

  • Design and test a sourcing and retail model through RSC.
  • Agronomists train the Lead Farmers (and the Lead Farmers train the other farmers) on good post-harvest practices to ensure longer conservation of the produces for a retail at the district level.
  • Farmers are supported to build zero energy cooler chambers.
  • Provision of post-harvest handling containers to producers
  • Design and test cheap cold storage facility (e.g. zero energy chamber)

Deliverables

  • A sourcing and retail model is developed and running through the RSC.
  • The franchise holders buy the produces (for which a market has been identified at the district/national levels) from the farmers and carry them to the RSC where they are stored and retailed at a competitive price.
  • 120 Lead Farmers and 1200 farmers are trained on post-harvest management practices
  • 6 communities supported to build zero energy chamber
  • 6 cheap Cold storage facilities are set up at the RSC

To explore and promote innovative irrigation and water conservation solutions:

The agronomists, lead farmers and farmers will be sensitized on different alternatives for water irrigation and conservation as a key factor for the success of the additional livelihood activities. The systems will be retailed through the RSC and farmers supported in the acquisition.

Activities

  • Different water irrigation and conservation systems are tried on demo plots
  • Train farmers on innovative and traditional water irrigation and conservation practices
  • Retail equipment for water irrigation systems through the RSC

Deliverables

  • 1 “modern” system is set up on 6 demo plots
  • At least 1200 farmers trained

Quarcoo Initiatives

Project objectives

The project uses an innovative and environmentally friendly approach to productively grow high quality and safe organic fresh herbs for export to Europe. The specific objectives include:

  1. To secure and develop export market arrangements for organic herbs.
  2. To produce a variety of organic herbs, especially basil for exports, using innovative and environmentally friendly approach with high productivity
  3. To establish an out-grower scheme for the production of organic herbs for export.

Activities

  1. To secure and develop export market arrangements for organic herbs.
  • Finalize negotiations based on the letter of intent with Green Fresh
  • Negotiations with freight forwarder and airline
  • Conclude contractual arrangements
  • Visit Green Fresh facility in Netherlands
  1. To produce a variety of organic herbs, especially basil for exports, using innovative and environmentally friendly approach with high productivity
  • Land Preparation
  • Supply and application of Compost
  • Supply and installation of solar pump
  • Laying of drip lines
  • Import organic herb seeds
  • Supply and Installation of shaded nursery
  • Establish seedling nurseries in shaded nursery
  • Supply of organic pesticides
  • Provision of cabins and equipment
  • Adaptation of truck for transporting organic herbs to the pack house
  • Design and printing of packaging cartons for herbs
  • Design and printing of labels for herbs
  • Purchase shelf-life extension carton liners
  1. To establish an out-grower scheme for the production of organic herbs for export.
  • Draft and enter into contracts with farmers to be supplied with organic inputs and technical assistance
  • Develop training modules for hands-on coaching of farmers in Good Agricultural Practices
  • Reproduction of training materials
  • Development and printing of recording books and protocols and train farmers in GAP
  • Develop ICS Manual for Organic Certification
  • Develop Quality Control Manual
  • Establish Internal Control System
  • Conduct Internal and External Audits for EU/NOP Organic and Global Gap
  • Identify Non-Conformances and rectify
  • Carry out any verification audit as may be required

Deliverables

  • Supply agreement signed with Green Fresh
  • Legally binding contract with airline and freight forwarder signed
  • Solar pump installed
  • Cabins for office accommodation, with toilet, plastic pallets, plastic crates, procured and installed
  • Adapted truck ready for transporting produce
  • Farmer contracts with Quarcoo initiatives (Quin Organics) signed
  • Posters, hand bills, videos, demonstrations produced
  • 135 Farmers trained
  • ICS Manual developed and 150 copies of record books printed
  • Quality Control Manual Developed, and 3 copies printed
  • ICS manager appointed, and ICS established
  • Internal Audit Report
  • External Audit Report
  • EU/NOP Organic and Global Gap certificates obtained

Kukobila

Project description

Increased Vegetable Production

This involves the expansion of the nucleus farm by 10 ha (hectares) and the development of Outgrower fields of an average of 0.2 ha per outgrower or 10 ha per group in the first year (2016-2017). This will involve the provision of land preparation, seed, fertilizer, irrigation and technical supervision.

A fifty (50hp) horsepower tractor, leveler and ridger will be acquied. These are essential for and will facilitate timely land preparation. The current water pumping system is adequate to provide irrigation water for the furrows to be constructed by the ridger. The 10 ha will serve both as production and a demonstration field for outgrowers.

Activities:

  • Increase Butternut production
  • Commence chili production
  • Purchase tractor and equipment
  • Develop nucleus farm and conduct training

Deliverables:

  • Increased cultivated area from 5 to 20 hectares
  • Additional 10 hectares of Butternut Squash is expected to be produced by Outgrowers beginning from 2 hectares in 2015/2016 production season
  • Famers employed to provide labour to the nucleus farm for a fee; contractual agreements made available

Development of Value Chain

Marketing has always been the major constraint to the development of agriculture in Ghana, especially for vegetables where the local production is low. The post harvest handling and pack-house training and provision of appropriate harvesting crates and cartons will contribute to the long shelf life of produce from the seemingly far away KNF.

The KNF as the leaders in the production of butternut squash is seeking to collaborate with major stakeholders e.g. the school feeding programme, child and maternity feeding programme to host demonstrations on the nutritional benefits of butternut squash. A cost item has been proposed to create a local awareness and marketing campaign as part of our programme.

Activities:

  • Purchase of harvesting crates & cartons
  • Post-Harvest handling & Packhouse management training
  • Marketing and promotion of domestic butternut squash consumption

Deliverables:

  • 300 crates and 10,000 export cartons purchased
  • Better quality of produce and increased efficiency of activities attained
  • Increased domestic consumption, through supply to more retail outlets, adoption by Ministry of Health and Ghana School Feeding

Development of Outgrower Fields

Currently KNF has about 120 outgrowers in the production of grains and vegetables. Women are increasingly becoming more active in the vegetable sector and a growing number of our members are women. The KNF, with increasing understanding of our outgrowers, is working towards full cost recovery. Outgrowers who have not honored their basic obligation have been suspended and some of them have made efforts to make good their outstanding obligation.

Our first attempt with outgrower vegetable production in 2008 failed because marketing and storage was not properly worked out. KNF now proposes to grow mainly in the dry season under irrigation. Outgrowers are encouraged to grow their own vegetables in the rainy season on their own fields for local markets.

Irrigation costs, mainly fuel and/or electricity, are computed along with the community leaders and paid on cost sharing basis with payment in kind. The choice of vegetables to plant is now restricted to butternut squash and chilies because of their relatively high shelve life. The KNF has a solar drier on site to dry the chilies that cannot be sold fresh.

The following are important for the success of the outgrower scheme.

  • Training outgrower contracts to ensure transparency.
  • Recruitment of a dedicated agronomist
  • Agronomic advice on farm and local study tours
  • Maintenance of irrigation infrastructure and irrigation schedule
  • Renewal of Global Gap Certification to include Outgrowers under option two

Activities:

  • Extension of irrigation to outgrower fields
  • Supply of inputs to outgrowers
  • Outgrower Extensionist/Agronomist

Deliverables:

  • Installation of furrow irrigation and drip powered by cost-effective solar connection
  • 10 ha of butternut cultivated by outgrowers

Greenok

 Objectives

The goal of the project is to increase smallholder farmers’ income by strengthening the capacity of tomato and pepper farmers to participate in the vegetable value chain in Ghana. The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To independently and scientifically compare a number of different soil amendment treatments including the Green OK organic fertilizer on tomatoes and pepper production
  • To create awareness in the use of GREENOK for vegetable production
  • To enhance access to GREENOK to vegetable farmers in Ghana

 To conduct trails of GREEN OK products on tomatoes and pepper 

With the support from CSIR –Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute (PGRRI), GREENOK will employ Randomized Control Block Design (RCBD) experimental design as the main research methodology with the following treatments:

  1. No treatment (control)
  2. Soil amended with compost type 1
  3. Soil amended with compost type 2
  4. Soil amended with Green OK humic substances
  5. Soil amended with available inorganic fertilizer (e.g. DAP+Urea)
  6. Soil amended with slow release fertilizer (NPK)
  7. Soil amended with compost type 1 + inorganic fertilizer
  8. Soil amended with compost type 2 + inorganic fertilizer,
  9. Soil amended with Green OK humic substances + inorganic fertilizer

We shall employ similar agricultural practices at trial locations. Soil samples will be taken prior to the trail so as to confirm the nutrients levels and on the basis of the test, we will fine-tune the application of the fertilizers (quantities).

To create awareness in the use of GREENOK for vegetable production

Based on the outcome of the trial, GREENOK will then undertake promotional activities such the establishment of demonstration farm to educate vegetable farmers on the use of the products. To this end, the following activities will be undertaken:

  • Development of promotional materials
  • Establishment of demonstration plots
  • Develop simple-easy to follow protocols for different vegetables
  • Organizing field days

To enhance access to GREENOK to vegetable farmers in Ghana 

  • Training of Input Distributors and retailers
  • Linking Farmer Organizations (FOs) to agro-input dealers
  • Embark on membership drive

Deliverables

  • One publication in an international journal
  • 500 copies promotional videos developed and distributed to 500 farmers
  • 15 demo farms established
  • A simple protocols for OK products developed and distributed to 1,200 farmers
  • 20 field days attended by 5,000 farmers
  • 15 distributors and their network of retailers trained
  • 20 FBOs linked to distributers/ retailers
  • Report on achievements of the project

Joekopan Ghana Limited

The primary objective of this project is for Joekopan to attain increased productivity and sales through building capacity of supply chain. Currently Joekopan exports 1,500 tonnes of vegetables per annum, made up mainly of long chillies and Asian vegetables, to ethnic retail customers in the UK and Germany. It is anticipated that on completion of this project the total tonnage of vegetable exported per annum will increase by 80% to 2,700 tonnes. Furthermore Joekopan will add two new high-value crops to its list of products currently exported. The following specific activities are planned:

Developing and formalizing contractual relationships with FBOs

A key challenge that the industry has faced to date is building long term sustainable relationships between producers and exporters built on trust and loyalty. Joekopan intends to provide full support and guidance initially for two FBO groups (consisting of about 50 farmers per group) in the surrounding area. The farm sizes of the farmers in the FBO groups range from between 1 to 5 acres and the project would ensure that the right quality and quantity of specific Asian vegetables stated above are produced for Joekopan for export. It is our belief that our proposed model to build capacity of the enterprise’s supply chain will go a significant way to address this issue. However as a form of reinforcement, Joekopan will enter into formal relationships with its FBO groups clearly stating the obligations of all parties under the arrangement. A key deliverable from this activity will be the presence of a signed contract between the FBOs and Joekopan by the end of January 2015 and evidence of actual farming collaboration on the field of the initial 25 acres of out-grower lands by first quarter 2015 among other activities

Lubok Farms

Lubok Farms Ltd. has a vision of having its brand of vegetables on the shelves of high-end retail shops in southern Ghana and exporting its produce to Europe in 2020. Lubok Farms has set short–term and medium–term objectives to achieve the long-term vision above. These objectives will be attained by installing Dizengoff Farmers Kit (DFK) greenhouses on half [0.5] an acre out of the total five [5] acres where chili pepper is currently being cultivated. Below is a description of the specific activities:

  1. Produce 12 tons of high quality chili peppers for high-end domestic markets by 1st November 2016:

With the installation of the greenhouses, vegetables produced will be free from pests, diseases and weeds that adversely affect the growth of vegetables and thus the increase quality and yield.

  1. Produce 20 tons of high quality tomatoes for high-end domestic markets by 1st November 2016:

To avoid soil related diseases such as bacterial wilt and fusarium, a crop rotation system of tomatoes will be grown after each chili pepper cycle.

In a year the proposed cycle will be “chili pepper-tomatoes-chili pepper”.

Tomatoes grown in greenhouses are known to have the highest yields as compared to other vegetables.

  1. Educate and showcase to 15 other small scale farmers and students the benefits of protected horticulture by June 2016:

During the initial stages of the project, Lubok Farms will in collaboration with the University of Cape Coast and Dizengoff conduct training sessions with surrounding small scale farmers and agriculture students on the benefits of protected horticulture. Students will use this project as a case study for research purposes. By facilitating this, Lubok Farms aims at benefiting more from know-how of the university and share experiences with other farmers. In addition, the activity contributes to the CSR policy of the company.

Srighan Farms

 Objectives

Establish the efficacy of the new products for control of FCM in on-farm field trials

  • Train farmers and multiplication agents in the use of the new products and overall Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)
  • Apply for and receive registration of the new products for use in Ghana with EPA
  • Upscale the initial trial to a larger number of farmers to confirm the economic viability and train 1400 outgrowers in GAPs using the new bio-pesticide products
  • Re-establish the export of chilli peppers from Srighan Farm and its out-growers and avoid further losses of income

Activities

  • Conduct field trials of the new bioagents for the control of FCM on 11  out-grower farms of Srighan Farm
  • Monitoring and evaluation, measuring yields and losses
  • Development of training matrix and materials
  • Conducting 5 training and supervisory workshops
  • Document trials for EPA application with a registered scientist (Dr. Cornelius)
  • File an application to EPA for registration of the new products
  • Up-scale trial of successful bioagents on 1400 farms
  • Conducting 40 training and supervisory workshops
  • Conduct trials of the successful new bioagents for the control of FCM on up-scale farms
  • Monitor and evaluate economic performance and viability
  • Preparing a scientific article on the trial results
  • Disseminate information on the trial results and the availability of new products

Sunripe

 Objectives

  • Improve the quality and consistency of supply of fruits and vegetables for processing.
  • Increase the yield of production of vegetables and fruits for better pricing for company and additional income for farmers.
  • Reduction of post-harvest losses of non-exportable grade of fruits in the country.
  • Increase its product range to satisfy the high-value end of the market.
  • Increase net earnings and foreign exchange earning the company, farmers and the nation.
  • Contribute to national goals of wealth creation for small scale farmers.
  • Provide a healthier alternative to carbonated soft drinks with their attendant negative attributes on health.

Activities

Sunripe food processing company limited is seeking the grant amount for product development along the entire value chain from farm to table. The project will be in four components.

Phase one; it will involve the upgrade of the factory to increase the volume of watermelons being processed from 10 tons a week to 50tons a week with other variants like ginger, red sweet/ yellow sweet pepper and cucumbers. It will also involve the development of new products for the high end of the market such as fruit and vegetable blends of fruit juice and smoothies currently being imported This activity will take place in the first quarter of 2016. The first phase will be supervised by company’s plant manager and engineer and implemented external engineering firms and food science consultants.

Agri-Impact Consult

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 centres 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.

Objectives

  • 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

Activities

  • Develop Training materials
  • Identify and select Commercial producers for training
  • Train commercial producers in greenhouse production including irrigation management
  • Establish quality systems for commercial producers
  • Mobilize and select AIC/Eden Tree Outgrowers for training
  • Train Outgrowers, Vegetable producers and Marketers Associations and Aggregators in production technologies, quality systems and post-harvest management
  • Establish market and financial linkages between value chain actors and service providers
  • Incubate young graduates and mentor them in intensive production technologies
  • Support young graduates/start-ups to develop business plans
  • Establish market and finance linkages for Incubatees

Vegpro Ghana

The specific objective Vegpro Ghana would seek to achieve in this project have been outlined below:

  1. Design and Construct greenhouses and nursery structures which are affordable and tailored to the Ghanaian environments.
  2. Produce seedlings of other varieties of vegetables for distribution to its out-growers and other vegetable producers in the southern horticultural zone
  3. Replicate the initial greenhouse for its use and share technology with interested not only for producers but also for out-growers for ease of use for production of vegetables for both local and export markets
  4. Improve the quality of agri-business in the country through greenhouse hydroponics, vegetable processing and marketing and Global G.A.P approved exportation.

Activities

Activity 1.1 Design and setting up of demonstration greenhouse units

Activity 1.2 Set up nurseries for vegetable seedlings production

Activity 1.3 Training of smallholder farmers under GlobalG.A.P protocols

Activity 1.4 Testing and rolling out technology for wider vegetable sector

Tacks Farms

The primary objective of Tacks Farm in partnership with GhanaVeg is to increase the annual production of fresh kitchen herbs to an appreciable volume to reach the higher domestic and export market demand which will also lead to increased revenue.

Among other activities, the project will look at

  1. Increasing the number of employees from 30 to about 50 and affecting their conditions of life.
  2. The project will also introduce uncommon (for Ghana) technologies in the production and export of fresh kitchen herbs such as green and adaptable houses, foil and other post-harvest systems and Product Handling Facilities with cooling for storage and transportation.
  3. Tacks Farms will as part of the project, introduce the product to other farmers in Ghana after the first successful trials for increased capacities and growth of the market and establish Ghana as one of the major suppliers of fresh kitchen herbs.
  4. On a successful exporting of a large volume of herbs, the project will be extended to 20 out-growers to help increase the volume of exported herbs. The project will allow the acquisition and transfer of high skills and know-how to farmers in the use of high tech production with state of the art irrigation and production methods to include green houses and hydroponics.

Dizengoff Ghana Limited (since 1959)

Contacts
Tel: +233 (0) 302-221-831
Fax: +233 (0) 302-227-601
Email: enquiries@dwagh.com/ info@dwag.com
Physical Address: 2 Feo Eyeo Street, North Industrial Area.
Postal Address: P.O.Box 3403, Accra.
Main Business Activities: Agriculture, Motorola Communications and Electro-Mechanical
Products & Services: irrigation Systems, Greenhouse, Agricultural Machinery, Agro Chemicals & Inputs,  Communication Gargets, Generators,  Air-conditioners etc.

Project Summary

Seed/Variety Trials:
Farmers’ seeds will be cropped alongside improved seeds (F1 hybrids). They will be subjected to the same regimes of nutrition and protection. Yields will be evaluated at the end of the cycle. Post harvest quality of fruits and marketability will also be assessed. It is estimated that improved seeds will yield more than 200% in comparison to the farmers’ varieties.

Gravity-fed Family Drip System Trials (irrigated vs rain-fed fields):
The gravity-fed Family Drip System (FDS) can irrigate a crop throughout its entire cycle over a land area of up to 10,000m2. This irrigated production system will be compared to purely rain-fed production system for vegetables. The vegetables cultivated under the two water systems will be given the same crop management practices. Yields will be evaluated at the end of the cycle. Postharvest quality of fruits and marketability will also be assessed. It is expected that the irrigated fields will produce over 300% more yields, than the rain-fed vegetables.

Open field vs Protected Environment:
Tomato, pepper, okra will be grown in open field and in greenhouse (protected environment). Open field plants will be treated as typical farmers’ fields whilst greenhouse plants will be handled with the regime that the greenhouse technology requires. Yields will be evaluated at the end of the cycle. Post-harvest quality of fruits and marketability will also be assessed. The greenhouse vegetables are expected to produce over 300% more than the vegetables produced in the open field.

Dissemination of findings through training of Farmers and agro-processors:

  1. Training sessions will be organized for farmers to disseminate the findings from the studies and provide them with hands-on skills acquisition of the proven technologies. The Project will train at least 1,000 farmers and agro-processors over the Project period.
  2. Production, post-harvest handling and processing manuals will be developed for each of the vegetables. These will be distributed to the farmers free of charge during the training sessions.

Eden Tree Limited (since 1997)

Contacts
Tel: +233 (0) 302-812-266, 302-815-625,
Fax +233 (0) 302815-625
Email: edentreegh@gmail.com
Postal address: P.O.Box 165, Legon-Accra.
Main Business Activities: Agro Business
Products & Services: Suppliers of Fresh Herbs, Fruits & Vegetables

Project Summary

Project Activities
The project activities include, but are not limited to, providing extension services to 55 core ETL out-growers and their outlets in the Accra metropolis. This will involve farmer mobilization and training on Eden Tree’s demonstration farm located in Nsawam, Greater Accra Region. The training will focus on agronomic practices, crop handling and post-harvest management. ETL will also seek to establish contractual agreements with the out-growers, ensuring them in formal terms a guaranteed market for their produce. This will be presented and arranged as an optional approach since some farmers already have contractual agreements with other companies. This will also limit monopoly in the system. Farmers will have the liberty to sell in the open market if they so wish.
Capital Investment
ETL is in the process of procuring one brand new tractor (John Deere) and one power tiller from Agriculture Engineering Service Directorate to be used for land development for key out-growers. Over the years, the company has received complaints from its out-growers about problems related to ploughing during the farming season. As a result of the lack of machinery, most of the farmers delay in cultivating their fields and are thereby not able to produce to meet the high demand periods in order to reap the benefits associated with this season.

The company will provide agricultural inputs to all its selected out-growers and also provide irrigation pumps and accessories to its out-growers. The company will procure refrigerated vans that will be used to cart farm produce at the farm gate to the processing center. This is to reduce post-harvest losses associated with the handling of this perishable produce. Three refrigerated vans are critical to assist the company and the farmers.
Project Organization and Justification for Grant funding
The Company will use its expertise and engage external expertise to provide agricultural equipment, provide extension services and storage facilities. Typically, agreements or contracts will be signed between the service provider and cooperatives; it is expected that the cooperative will then put specific agreements in place with members (individual smallholder farmers) who will be involved in producing raw materials for the company to be stored in the storage facility.

Eden Tree will implement a new multi-faceted program which is aimed at benefiting the out-growers and the company at large. This will involve:
• Expansion of supplier contracts to increase out-grower / Eden Tree alignment. Position Eden Tree to out-growers as a source of increased profitability.
• Deliver technical assistance to increase yields and lower production costs.
• Support farmers to obtain better quality inputs (seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides at good prices),
• Support its out-growers and other suppliers to the company to produce vegetables under a label that represents Good Agricultural Practices (Global GAP, Ghana Green Label, etc.)

Tikola Ghana Limited

Postal Address: P.O.Box AX 222

Takoradi – Ghana

Email: info@tikolaltd.com

Tikola in its first two years has achieved the following milestones:

– Registration of the company with all related permits from MoFA
– Initial trials were carried out using free sample seeds
– In close cooperation with East West Seeds and IFDC, 9 test fields were initiated
– First commercial amounts of seeds were imported
– 25 sub-distributors were established in 10 regions of the country
– Stands were organized on several expositions e.g. FAGRO and USAID/WUR; Feed the Future Project launched in Tamale

Tikola is, after its initial introduction of the hybrid seeds, now running into its operational and financial limits to enforce a real ‘off-take’ of the use of hybrid seeds and complimentary growing techniques. To enable such a ‘take-off’, we need to invest in additional sales and extension personnel, related means of transport, a dedicated office enabling conditioned storage of the seeds, software for CRM and bookkeeping and in targeted promotion like radio spots and farmers’ events & expositions

For the short term (next three years), Tikola wants to focus on an increased service level to the actual target groups

Respectively the small scale farmers and the professional growers. In addition, we want to tap into a third target group we distinguish namely the farmers that are affected through CSR-programs of (multi) national companies like the several mining companies, GREL, oil industry and the Licensed Buying Companies in the cocoa industry.

The following is to be achieved short term (1 year project duration):
– Increase number of dealers from 25 to 50
– Increase number of demonstration fields from 9 to 14 by organizing 5 test fields by ourselves
– Increase visits of demonstration fields by extension officer from once/2 months to once/2 weeks
– Increase frequency of dealer visits from once/3 months to once/month
– Increase number of professional clients from 6 to 18
– Increase visits of professional farmers from once/3 months to once/month
– Creation of interactive internet site
– Rent an office
– Organize back office services
– Presence in (local) media e.g. radio spots and newspapers
– Introduction of the benefits of plastic mulch in combination with system for re-cycling
– Incorporation of irrigation hardware and advice in our product portfolio

As per 1st of January 2015 Tikola therefore wants to invest in:

– Recruitment of 1 FTE extension officer
– Recruitment of a test field coordinator/sales officer Western region
– Recruitment of a (part-time) project manager
– Opening of an office in Accra/Tema with an embedded conditioned store room
– Purchasing office equipment and furniture
– Purchasing one or two company car(s)

Contacts

Dizengoff Ghana Limited (since 1959)

Contacts

Tel: +233 (0) 302-221-831

Fax: +233 (0) 302-227-601

Email: enquiries@dwagh.com/ info@dwag.com

Physical Address: 2 Feo Eyeo Street, North Industrial Area.

Postal Address: P.O.Box 3403, Accra.

Main Business Activities: Agriculture, Motorola Communications and Electro-Mechanical

Products & Services: rrigation Systems, Greenhouse, Agricultural Machinery, Agro Chemicals & Inputs, Communication Gargets, Generators,  Air-conditioners etc.

 

 Eden Tree Limited (since 1997)

Contacts

Tel: +233 (0) 302-812-266, 302-815-625,

Fax +233 (0) 302815-625
Email: edentreegh@gmail.com

Postal address: P.O.Box 165, Legon-Accra.

 Main Business Activities: Agro Business

Products & Services: Suppliers of Fresh Herbs, Fruits & Vegetables