Tel. No. +233-54-269-2079
Postal Address: P.O.Box CT 5084, Cantonments, Accra
Main Business Activity: Farming and Aggregation of Farm products
Product & Services: Production and distribution of Vegetables.
Postal Address: P.O.Box CT 8566 Cantonments, Accra
Main Business Activity: Farming (Vegetables & Mangoes)
Product & Services: Processing & Packaging of Pepper, Training & Internship Program for Practical Experience
Contact Person: Cephas Ametefe
Tel. No: +233-24-4971439
Postal Address: P. O. Box 167, Sogakope,
Contact Person: Kwaku Boateng
Tel. No: +233-20-8111814
Postal Address: P. O. Box AN 6769, Accra,
F. Oduro Koranteng Limited
Contact Person: Charlotte Koranteng
Tel. No: +233-24-4639215 / 4265539
Postal Address: P. O. Box 10878,
Joro Farms Agriculture Processing Ltd
Contact Person: Joseph Tontoh
Tel. No: +233-302-221947, +233-24-4382227
Postal Address: P. O. Box NK 306, North-
Kaneshie Accra, Ghana
Welgrace Research Farm
Contact Person: Jacob Fenning
Tel. No: +233-24-4607645
Postal Address: P. O. Box DT 604, Tema,
Contact Person: H. S. Cheema
Tel. No: +233-24-4513076 / 3525752,
Postal address: P. O. Box KIA 18118, Accra
Mission: To promote and establish Ghana as an important vegetable producer and exporter
Contact Person: Elizabeth / Ebenezer Quartey
Tel. No: +233-24-4806263 / 4167149,+233-302-660842
Postal address: P. O. Box 11595 CE II, Tema,
Contact Person: Narteh Richard Maunger
Tel. No: +233-24-2018581
Postal address: P. O. Box 29, Odumasi- Krobo,
Villa Dev’t Company Ltd
Contact Person: Frank De Veer
Tel. No: +233-20-2012308
Postal address: P. O. Box MP 1838, Accra,
Dorhuen Farms Ltd
Contact Person: Emmanuel Arden
Tel. No: +233-24-4788471
Postal address: P. O. Box CE II 159, Tema,
Contact Person: William Thompson
Tel. No: +233-24-4378631, +233-302-228935/235645
Postal address: P. O. Box KIA 9967, Accra,
PSI-Oil Palm Growers & Mark Cooperation
Contact Person: J. K. Sarpong / E. G. Takyi
Tel. No: +233-24-2183453 / 3849752
Postal address: P. O. Box KD 99, Kade, Ghana
PAB Business Solutions
Contact Person: Peter Gadzekpo /
Tel. No: +233-24-3081839, +233-54-3607386
Postal address: P. O. Box AF 2694, Accra,
E. Darkey and Associates
Contact Person: Emmanuel Darkey
Tel. No: +233-302-780924
Postal address: P. O. Box 7155, Accra, Ghana
Contact Person: Kandasamy Kughthasan
Tel. No: +233-24-4717013, +233-302-412685
Postal address: P. O. Box AJI 117, Adoagyiri,
Contact Person: Joe Kpenge
Tel. No: +233-24-4316355
Postal address: P. O. Box AN 19083, Accra,
Inter-Ewd Investment Company
Contact Person: Daniel Forson
Tel. No: +233-24-4654883
Postal address: P. O. Box 18378, Accra,
Strategic Foods Ltd
Contact Person: Divine Morny
Tel. No: +233-20-8127422
Postal address: P. O. Box HH 35, Hohoe,
MINISTRY OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE (MOFA)
Agricultural Engineering Services
Agricultural Extension Services
Plant Protection and Regulatory Services
Postal Address: P. O. Box MB 37, Accra,
Tel. No: +233-302-666567
MINISTRY OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (MOTI)
Provision of assistance for private sector,
commercial and industrial activities
Postal Address: P. O. Box MB 47, Accra,
Tel. No: +233-302-686528
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
Crops Research Institute
Food Research Institute
Soil Research Institute
Water Research Institute
Postal Address: P. O. Box M 32, Accra, Ghana
Tel. No: +233-302-777651- 4 / 774772
GHANA EXPORT PROMOTION AUTHORITY (GEPA)
Physical Address: Republic House Annex, Tudu, Accra
Postal Address: P. O. Box M.146, Accra
Tel: + 233 302 689889/683153
Fax: +233 302 677256
Contact: The Chief Executive
EXPORT DEVELOPMENT AND AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENT FUND
Physical Address: 3rd Floor, GOC Building, Accra
Postal Address: P. O. Box MB 493, Accra,
Tel. No: +233-302-918968, +233-24-
EXPORT FINANCE COMPANY LTD
Physical Address: Coplan House, Kojo
Thompson Road, Accra,
Postal Address: PMB, Accra North Post Office,
Tel. No: +233-302-229895 / 230950
EXIMGUARANTY COMPANY LTD
Physical location: 27 Noi Fetreke Str., Roman
Ridge Ambassadorial Ext,
Postal Address: P. O. Box 18543, Accra,
Tel. No: +233-302-768763-4
GhanaVeg Project Partners
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 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  acres where chili pepper is currently being cultivated. Below is a description of the specific activities:
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.
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 furarium, 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
The specific objective Vegpro Ghana would seek to achieve in this project have been outlined below:
Design and Construct greenhouses and nursery structures which are affordable and tailored to the Ghanaian environments.
Produce seedlings of other varieties of vegetables for distribution to its out-growers and other vegetable producers in the southern horticultural zone
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
Improve the quality of agri-business in the country through greenhouse hydroponics, vegetable processing and marketing and Global G.A.P approved exportation.
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
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
Increasing the number of employees from 30 to about 50 and affecting their conditions of life.
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.
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.
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)
Tel: +233 (0) 302-221-831
Fax: +233 (0) 302-227-601
Email: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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)
Tel: +233 (0) 302-812-266, 302-815-625,
Fax +233 (0) 302815-625
Postal address: P.O.Box 165, Legon-Accra.
Main Business Activities: Agro Business
Products & Services: Suppliers of Fresh Herbs, Fruits & Vegetables
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.
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.)
Wienco Ghana Limited (since 1979)
Tel: +233 (0) 302-772-251, 773-458/9
Fax: +233 (0) 302-772-239
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal Address: P.O.Box AN 7593, Airport- Accra
Main Business Activities: Import and distribution of crop Protection Products, seed and Knapsacks sprayers.
Product & Services:
smallholder Farmer support programs through credit inputs facilities
Agronomic &Technical support Program
Development of new crop protection areas with research institutions and our suppliers
Key partnership with stakeholders to enhance productivity and profitability of Ghanaian farmers
agricultural commodity trading
• Seed production: produce 8 tons of seeds over the two year project life span for the selected crops (pepper and onion) to meet the seed requirements of smallholder farmers. Three (3) tons of Pepper seeds and five (5) tons of Onion seeds are expected to be produced in year 1 and 2 respectively.
• Seed Import: 4.6 tons of preferred superior vegetable varieties will be imported from Holland Farming, Rijk Zwaan and Starke Ayres to supplement the national demand. All these organizations have been contacted and some of their varieties have been evaluated to ascertain suitability and demand. The varieties will include exportable Asian varieties including butternut squash
Table 1 Breakdown of yearly seed imports
Name of Crop
Yearly Imports (tons)
• Seed distribution and awareness creation: to develop a comprehensive seed distribution system that is capable of getting seeds to farmers in locations where seed dealer distribution system is unable to reach. WIENCO expects to sensitize and train about 7,200 smallholder farmers on the importance of using certified seeds and adopting improved production practices to increase yield and quality and finally make effort to connect them to markets. This is expected to be achieved in close collaboration with our key partners i.e. MoFA, CRI, SARI, ADVANCE, & AgdevCo.
• Two locations have been identified for seed production; Tainso, in the Wenchi Municipality and Yagaba in the West Mamprusi District. The two locations fall in different agro-ecological zones which allow Wienco to spread the risk production related risk e.g. erratic rainfall.
• Beside the good soil conditions, the Yagaba field lies close to Kulpawn River, a tributary to the White Volta and that in Tainso lies along the Tain River which is also a tributary to the Black Volta. The locations are strategically selected so that Wienco can undertake supplementary irrigation during short dry spells.
Inspections and Certification
• The company will liaise with the Ghana Seed Inspection Division (GSID) to ensure the fields are adequately inspected to ensure quality. Post-harvest processes including seed treatment, bagging branding and storage will be undertaken to ensure quality of seeds at all levels in the production Chain.
Establishment of High Impact Pilot demonstration Plots
• 100 demonstration plots of ¼ acre each shall be established at selected locations across the country. 100 committed lead farmers shall be selected to undertake the demonstration productions. 60 of the Lead Farmers are expected to be rural women who are very experienced in producing any of the selected crops.
• The pilot sites shall demonstrate to farmers’ three key technologies i.e. (a) use of improved seeds (b) use of fertilizers and (3) Crop Management. Selected lead farmers shall contribute land and labour for the establishment of the demonstration plots whilst WIENCO shall provide seeds, fertilizers and extension support through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. A farmer field school each shall be organized around a demonstration plot to introduce seeds and good cultural practices to smallholder farmers. Farmer field schools shall be organized in close collaboration with MoFA.
All produce realized from the demonstration sites shall be given as compensation to the Lead Farmers. In addition, serious and interested Lead Farmers shall on a systematic basis be given the opportunity to partner Wienco as a local distributor.
Tikola Ghana Limited
Postal Address: P.O.Box AX 222
Takoradi – Ghana
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)
The goal of this project is to ‘Enhance the Production and Marketing of Vegetables among Selected Farmers on Torgorme Irrigation Project (TIP) through Improved Production methods, Quality Assurance and Reduction in Post-harvest losses’. The specific objectives of the project are to:
a) Increase the knowledge and skills of farmers involved with the project in vegetable production
b) Increase the volume of vegetables produced and marketed by the farmers
c) Contribute to volume of vegetables produced and marketed in the country
d) Improve the quality of vegetables produced by participating farmers
e) Train and certify selected farmers under the Ghana Green Label scheme
f) Establish vegetable value chain for selected actors to sustain production and marketing of vegetables on Torgorme irrigation project
The activities to be embarked on with the support of this project and the expected deliverables against which the output of the project is to be measured are outlined below:
Mobilization of actors and integration into a vegetable value chain:
This will involve identifying and linking up the various actors that have roles to play in forming a formidable vegetable value chain. Among them will be the input suppliers, on-farm producers of the various kinds of vegetables of interest, marketers (off-takers, wholesalers, Supermarkets, exporters and retailers); and other indirect actors such as research institutions, transporters, NGOs interested in developing the vegetable value chain, financial service providers, training services providers, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), and the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA). The project will begin with the nucleus production from the fields of 3AS Agri Solutions Limited. An out-grower arrangement has been concluded with three FBOs, with an average membership of 33 farmers (about 100 in all) whose produce will be fed into the marketing channels identified by 3As. This number may increase in the course of the project depending on the changing circumstances. 3As Agri Solutions Limited will be directly in charge of establishing this value chain. Deliverables from this activity will include the list of all actors that form the chain and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between them to outline the roles each actor is to play to sustain the growth and sustainability of the value chain.
Training and coaching programs
Regular problem-solving meetings shall be organized to include farmer field days, and demonstrations with the farmers 3 times over the life of the project (once every six months). Farmer training in both technical and business aspects will form an important part of this project. These trainings will first of all explain the rational of the whole project concept to the farmer organizations to make sure they fully understand how the whole system will operate. In addition to these the farmers’ fields will be visited regularly to ensure that the technical trainings are hands-on. Business trainings will also form part of the training to improve the business knowledge, skills and attitudes of the farmers. Areas to be covered in the trainings will include; association development, vegetable productivity development, post-harvest handling and marketing as well as market standards and certification. The trainings will ultimately be geared towards certifying the farmer organizations with bodies such as the Green Label for the local markets. Existing training materials from various reputable training institutions and organisations will be evaluated and approved by GhanaVeg as well as the trainers before they will be allowed to be used. Deliverables to be generated from these activities will include; training manuals and handouts made available to the trainees, lists of participants and total number of people trained (segregated to their gender), training time table/ programmes, training reports, list of trained members certified to produce for the market under the Ghana Green Label.
Input supply arrangements:
3As nucleus Farms will solely be responsible for procuring seeds and will set up a central nursery for the production of seedlings to be distributed to farmers working with the project. This is to ensure that farmers are supplied with seeds and seedlings from certified sources that are known to meet the requirements of the markets that the produce will be serving. Arrangements will be made with reputable seed companies such as Tikola, Agriseed and Dizengoff Ghana Limited for the supply of desirable seeds. The central nursery to be established will be a modern nursery that will make use of facilities such as shade nets, nursery trays with high level of technology that will ensure a healthy atmosphere for the production of good seedlings. The cost of supplying the seedlings to farmers will form part of the cost of input supply to be deducted from their revenue during the time of sales of the produce. It is believed that quality and safety of vegetables to be produced from our fields will largely be determined by the hygiene and bio-safety measures applied from the nursery. There will be an area of about 50m by 30m demarcated on the field solely for nursery. This area will be fenced by steel pillars and barbed wire and covered with shade net to prevent the entry of insects that are vectors of plant diseases. Seeds will be acquired from creditable seeds sources and nursed in seed trays that will be filled with prepared mediums of organic materials sold at the input stores. Water for watering will come from the Kpong dam located on the Volta River which is also the source of the irrigated water. The quality of water in the dam is regularly checked to ensure that they conform to acceptable standards. Access to the nursery will be limited to the nursery attendant and the supervisors who will be disinfected before getting access to the nursery. Protocols for the raising of the various seeds will be established and followed in line with good nursery standards developed by Ghana Standard Authority (GSA). Delivery of seedlings to the farmers and the farms will be done by the project team also under controlled conditions. The team will make sure farmers’ fields are ready and the seedlings supplied are transplanted the same day. In addition to this, the project will take advantage of the collaboration with other institutions including the Wageningen University for technical support for plant health, hygiene and bio-safety issues.
The supply of other inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulating hormones among others that will be needed by the project will be contracted to WAAF Agro Limited, one of the leading agri input distributors in the country, with a wholesale and distribution centre based in Tema. WAAF Agro will also be part of the value chain team to be established. Special arrangements will be made between the farmers and suppliers so that they are not burdened with full payment for inputs till their produce are harvested and marketed. Deliverables from this activity will include the list of farmers that benefits from the inputs showing their signature, supply contract signed with the supplier, and evidence of payment made to the supplier.
3As farms on its own will be involved in the production of the vegetables already mentioned above. The main target market is the local market where about 85 % of the marketable vegetables will be sold with the rest 15% produce earmarked for the export market. The nucleus farmer-out grower production model will be adopted for this project with the company producing as the nucleus farmer while the farmer organizations working with them will produce as the out growers.
Proceeds from the production will be ploughed back to expand production continuously. Production will be planned with the needed rotations such that it will be continuous both on the nucleus farm and from the fields of the out-growers. Production of vegetables from out-grower farms will start on small plots and will be maximized within a year as farmers get more experienced in handling such crops. Most of the new technologies to be introduced will start from the fields of the nucleus farm.
E. Darkey and Associates Ltd will be the off-taker for the export produce while Whytebage Company Ltd, Eden Tree Ltd, and Agri-Impact Consult will be the channels through which produce going into the local market will be distributed. They will give pre-arranged time tables for their periodic requirements, and the produce will be harvested, packed and delivered to them. On the days of harvest, trucks will be dispatched to the fields for the collection of the produce after which sorting, grading, weighing and packing will be done in 3As packing shed. Production patterns will be staggered to ensure supply throughout the year. Any changes from this arrangement will be communicated to the producers as early as possible. Mr. Rowland Aggor who has an extensive experience as a fresh produce marketing expert in vegetables will lead this activity.
Price setting and payment arrangements:
Prices for produce will be set based on weights and grades and to a lesser extent, the seasons may also be considered. The various grades will be set for each vegetable to be produced and farmers will be trained to know and be able to grade their own produce. Prices based on the various grades will be determined periodically with farmers’ representatives that will be engaged in such price negotiations. With this, the market price of the commodities offered by the end market and all other marketing costs will be made known to the farmers’ representatives. Based on this an agreed percentage of the prevailing price will be indexed. The rest of the income due the farmer will be paid through their accounts with the member financial institution of the value chain. There will be passbooks into which various activities and information from the farmer will be documented.
Post-harvest handling activities:
3As will build a central vegetable packing shed where all vegetables produced from the fields will be assembled, sorted, cleaned, pre-packed and pre-cooled both for the domestic market and for export. It is also in our long-term plans to install simple processing plants to produce consumer-packs for end users. In addition to the post-harvest handling activities on the field, the company will arrange through leasing the acquisition of suitable refrigerated trucks for transporting vegetables to our clients. This activity will be led by Mr. Rowland Aggor, who will link with the off-takers. Although processing is to be considered seriously in the future activities of the company, the current phase of processing of vegetables will be limited to such primary activities such as washing, cutting and packaging.
Demonstrations, technology transfer and field days:
In order to evaluate new products and technologies to be introduced into the project, demonstration plots and other extension methods of transferring these technologies to farmers will form part of project activities. Mr. Emmanuel Annan the team member who is an expert in this field will be in charge of this activity. Deliverables to be generated from this activity will include the list of products and technologies demonstrated under the project and introduced to participants, list of participants at the various demonstrations, photographs taken from the various demonstrations and technology transfers etc.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
To make sure that project activities move according to plan, there will be a periodic monitoring and evaluation of ongoing activities under the leadership of the management team of 3As to ensure all activities are carried out as planned.