Health Food Show to start on TV3 every Sunday

 Health Food Show to star on TV3 every Sunday 

‘The GhanaVeg Food Diaries’ a TV Cook Show has been launched at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel on Wednesday January 25, by the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Ron Strikker The exciting 13-series cook show has been carefully designed to increase the awareness on the health benefits of vegetables and delicious ways of preparing them. The show also provides background information on the vegetable sector in Ghana with topics like greenhouses, nutrition and sports. The first episode of the show airs on TV3 on Sunday February 12, at 6:00 pm with subsequent episodes airing every Sunday at the same time and channel for 13 weeks.

The cook show provides an avenue for thought-provoking discussions on a variety of topics related to the vegetable sector in Ghana including imports, organic production, greenhouse cultivation, and health and nutrition. .The show also sheds light on the first national certification scheme ‘Ghana Green Label’. A scheme that guarantees the safety and quality of vegetables produced in Ghana. The GhanaVeg Food Diaries bring on board experts, businessmen and women and government advisors across the vegetable value chain. The anchor of the show is the world-renown chef Selassie Atadika of ‘Midunu’ who herself has a wealth of knowledge on local vegetables.

Speaking at the launch, the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Ron Strikker, emphasized how excited he is to have such a show on TV. “A show that focuses on vegetables to boost Ghanaians’ confidence  in homegrown vegetables.  Mr. Strikker added: “I expect that the close collaboration between GhanaVeg and prominent Ghanaian businessmen and policymakers will not only give a boost to local production of vegetables but will also help Ghanaians in leading a healthy lifestyle”. He encouraged Ghanaians to shift experiment with new vegetables and add  a bit of vegetables to every meal they consume to live longer and healthier.

Recipes for the various episodes will be made available on GhanaVeg’s website and social media platform. For more information visit www.ghanaveg.org

 

Enhance your Greenhouse vegetable production capacity with Agri-Impact’s Incubation Program

Agri-Impact Consult in collaboration with GhanaVeg has instituted the Productivity Enhancement for Vegetable Value Chain Actors (PEVVA) Incubation Program for young graduates. The objective of the PEVVA Incubation Program is to develop young entrepreneurs along the vegetable value chain into sustainable, profitable and competitive businesses. Tapping from the worth of expertise and experience of strategic technical and business mentors, the technical and managerial capacities of these young entrepreneurs are being  built in both greenhouse vegetable production and intensive production technologies at the Agri-Impact Entrepreneurship and Technology Institute (AETI) at Berekusu.

Participants

The PEVVA Incubation program is open to all young graduates, who are passionate about agribusiness and have an entrepreneurial drive to start, run and sustain profitable and competitive businesses along the vegetable value chain. Currently, there are 9 young graduates undergoing incubation at AETI

Duration

The PEVVA Incubation Program runs for a diligent maximum of eight (8) months. However, provisions are made for young graduates who would like to be engaged from between four (4) and six (6) months.

Services

The services provided under this incubation program includes, but are not limited to;

  • Hands-on skills development in greenhouse and open-field vegetable production
  • Market orientation and market tours along the vegetable value chain
  • Linkages to relevant industry stakeholders
  • Business development and entrepreneurship skills training
  • Handholding and mentorship by experts
  • Post incubation support and sustainability strategy
  • Access to AAIN platforms and services

Expectations

The expected outcome of the incubation program is to see young graduates develop and run sustainable businesses along the vegetable value chain, which are profitable and competitive.

For more information  on how to apply for the program, kindly contact the Business Development and Partnership Specialist, Gideon Mankralo on +233 (0) 303937674 or email gideon@agri-impact.com.

 

Protect your Crop with Inesfly Range of Products

Inesfly Crop Protection

Inesfly Africa is a local insecticide solutions manufacturing company that employs the use of Microencapsulation Technology in manufacturing its range of products in Agriculture, Public Health and Hospitality. The Agricultural products protect Crop plants and Animals against Insect pests. Inesfly has developed a wide portfolio of products with innovative technology and persistent efficacy due to the effect of slow release of insecticides and protection against degrading agents such as light and humidity.

We encourage less use of insecticides hence our long efficacy of between 6 to 12 weeks reduces repeated applications and saves farmers high labour costs. Our crop protection protocols are as follows:

• Inespalm -Water based biopolymer coating formulated for use in controlling insect pests such as oil palm leaf miner and red palm weevil in oil palm as well as other insect pests on coconut trees and ornamentals.

• Inesfly EM House Phyto -Water based biopolymer coating that can be used to control insect pests on fruits and vegetables.

Inesfly SP Phyto- Helps achieve the ultimate long-term protection against insect pests on tree crops.  For more information, kindly contact S.Atsu@inesflyafrica.com

GhanaVeg Holds Greenhouse Profitability Discussions

Greenhouse Profitability Discussion

GhanaVeg held a round table discussion on the profitability of the Amiran and EnvironDom model of greenhouses commercialized by Dizengoff Ltd and Stevicksen Limited respectively. These types were selected because they are the most popular model doted around the country and data on these two models are readily available. What the research sought to achieve among others are to;

• Evaluate the economic performance of the two most used greenhouses design

• Develop a number of scenarios that evaluate the influence of other management and design choices

The research put into consideration the cost of the structure and the revenue model. The findings  also made use of 3 scenarios in terms of size, yield and capex to determine results. The draft research analysis was presented to dealers and users of these two Greenhouses doted in the country. This research findings is a follow up of a previous report published on Greenhouses in 2015. A final copy will be finalized and distributed to stakeholders in due course.

Torgome Irrigation Scheme Meeting

GhanaVeg held a discussion sessions with various stakeholders in the Torgome Irrigation Scheme to deliberate on some challenges facing the Scheme. Among other challenges are the poor construction of the primary, secondary and tertiary canals which prevents producers within that enclave to receive adequate water to irrigate their farms. Accessibility to various farms is a major challenges during rainy seasons. The issue of cattle grazing is another challenge producers live with within the Torgome scheme.

The meeting was organised for selected experts in the Irrigation field from GCAP, MoFA, GhanaVeg partners  like Vegpro, Joekopan, 3A’s,  & Quin Organics, WAPCOS Ltd (Consultancy Agency), Chiefs, Opinion leaders and farmer groups. These groups of people deliberated on how to solve the various challenge the scheme faces now. A broader picture of a restructuring and repositioning of users of the scheme was brought to bear by experts from GCAP & WAPCOS Ltd. A Consultancy Agency tasked by MoFA to look at the scheme again.

Participants were put into three groups to discuss solutions, define timelines and allocate responsibilities to groups of people for the following challenges; Canals, Water Supply Systems and Schedule, Access Road and Soil Fertility Mitigation Measures and Security, Sustainability of Projects and Scheme Management.

Ghana Business Star Growth Program

Opportunity Just Ahead. Join The Ghana Business Star Growth Program

For all entrepreneurs and business leaders in Ghana, Ghana-Netherlands Business and Culture Council (GNBCC) and The Next Organization present the Ghana Business Star Growth Program: a springboard for entrepreneurs to accelerate their business and growth. The program gives entrepreneurs & business leaders a platform for growth with on- and offline masterclasses, coaching by local and international business leaders, and possibilities for access to finance.

The programme starts in January 2017, and is open for registration now!

We are looking for entrepreneurs of businesses that have been running for 2-10 years, or business influencers within established companies, who would like to participate in a year-long, individually tailored program. The program is not sector-specific, and aims for learning across sectors in the Ghanaian economy, such as agric, construction, health care, tourism, trade, IT, water and many more..

For more information and signing up, you can contact Afke van der Woude of GNBCC: afke@gnbcc.net or 0302767825.

The Ghana Business Star Growth Programme consists of:

             (Challenge) sessions: Participants can attend challenge sessions and master classes regarding diverse topics aimed at improving the business.

             Business coaching: Participants will also gain access to business coaching, both on- and offline. Coaching attuned to the needs of the participants and his business. Focus on developing a more profitable business.

             Knowledge and expertise: Participants also gain access to the knowledge and expertise platform with business related content. Various off- and online modules in the field of business

             Access to finance: By following several masterclasses, workshops and business coaching they qualify for possible access to investments by the connected investors.

Program overview and admission:

             Entrepreneurs from companies with 2-10 years or minimal 5 years managerial experience

             Start program with a personal intake meeting and kick off with the group

             Individually designed program based on needs

             Three full day masterclasses on: 1) Strategy and business plan; 2) Customer insights and market approach; 3) Finance management and investment

             Access to the online platform with masterclasses on various topics

             Participants pay a fee for the program, payment plan is possible

             Fee includes challenge sessions, unlimited access to platform, network, masterclasses and coaching. 

GhanaVeg Project Partner- VoltaVeg

We close the year successfully with 30 GhanaVeg supported projects working within the vegetable value chain. One of these projects is VoltaVeg. This edition highlights activities that the project will implement under the support of GhanaVeg.

We bring you warm greetings from VoltaVeg!

VoltaVeg is a Ghanaian owned company which is into the production and sell of fruits and vegetables for the domestic and export markets. Under the support of GhanaVeg, VoltaVeg will diversify production base from traditional vegetables by cultivating exotic and high–end vegetables like okra, winter Squash, French Beans and fresh Bambara beans with high export potential.

The project will improve product quality and export value by obtaining the Global GAP certification.  In preparation for certification, the project will build two packhouses to facilitate post-harvest handling. These pack houses will be located at Eastern Region and Volta Region specifically Govinakrom in the Ayensuano District and Krachi district respectively.

The project will also do the following;

• To improve product quality by introducing new, affordable and user-friendly modernised agricultural technologies for testing sunlight, soil fertility, soil moisture and soil pH levels to farmers and training of these farmers to adequately handle and use these technologies.

• To increase productivity of vegetable farmers through training in good agricultural practices and the use of irrigation.

• To increase export market share and attract more buyers through proper branding and marketing of produce as an important aspect to sustain  income. For further information kindly email voltaveg@gmail.com.

Home Organic Vegetable Gardening with McDaniel’s Organic Food & Horticultural Services

Vegetable Gardening“Most of the recent deaths occurring in the country could have been avoided if victims had taken good care of themselves. Most of them are as a result of what we eat.”  Said, Prof. Agyeman Badu Akosa, former Pathologist-Korle Bu teaching hospital.

Vegetables are the major ingredients in our daily meals throughout the life expectancy. Gone are the days where most homes of urban settlers have backyard gardens for the production of vegetables to supplement kitchen need. Maize and plantain are sometimes also cultivated.

In recent times, the practice of backyard gardening has been lost due to increase rural-urban migration and industrial urban activities. We barely see homes cultivating their own vegetables.

Now all vegetables and herbs we consume daily are bought from the open market, super-markets/malls and farm gates of urban vegetable farmers. The quest to consume organic vegetables for good health and other useful purposes like our environment is gaining “its good grounds” in the country especially urban dwellers.

What we buy from the market and from urban farmers are termed organic verbally, where the shelf life is always justified. How sure are we whether we’re consuming organic foods, semi organic or even conventional?  Especially where there is no traceability to determine its status. You are just left with what you are told by the farmer. As to whether or not it is true to be conventional or organic can only be determined by the farmer alone as you are just a buyer.

McDaniel’s Organic Foods and Horticultural Services offer home organic vegetable gardening to various homes mainly for urban settlers. We provide home service for your favorite herb and vegetable production to supplement your daily vegetable needs. We ensure suitable recommended organic practices and principles for your view and involvement from seeding to harvest. Size is not a deciding factor in encouraging home gardening. We have four categories of growing: “open ground, box, pot and sack systems” depending on the household circumstance.

The home will then be very comfortable and most of all very sure of healthy and fresh organic vegetables and herbs consumed. We offer this service year round even including landscaping (lawn establishment) and ornamental plants establishment and maintenance. We “looking out” for every home consuming at least two or three different kinds of organic vegetables home grown.

For further information and interest, please contact the founder Daniel Baisie (Jnr) on 0246550992/0268900196.

GhanaVeg Super Trainees Ready for Certification

gredzedhParticipants of the GhanaVeg Agronomy training are ready to be certified as Super Trainers to train other farmers by the end of November after a scheduled test.

Meanwhile, about 20 participants have been taken through another session of agronomy training with focus on Fertilization and Adult Learning in preparation for their last training session in November.

Fertilization Session

Participants had an in-depth session on challenges farmers face on the field in the quest of applying fertilizer to their crops. The science of applying fertilizer was discussed with ideas from facilitators and participants. During the session, the science and factors needed to be established as a farmer before applying fertilizer was appreciated by participants. Some of the factors needed to be considered in the application of fertilizer were soil type, the season of planting, climate, types of fertilizer, best method or types of application among others.

This could not be done without assisting trainees to understand how to determine the level of fertilizer in the soil with some soil samples participants brought from various farmer fields. Participants were taught the process and instruments needed to engage in calculating the level of fertilizers in soil samples.

In practice, they calculated the Nitrogen level in samples by mixing an amount of soil and water to settle. The settled mixture of soil and water was filtrated and tested to get the amount of Nitrogen level in the soil.  This was repeated severally to determine the presence of Nitrogen before, during and after cultivation. This exercise will help to determine how much adequate fertilizer a farmer requires for productive production.

Adult Learning Session

Another session of the training was Adult Learning. Adult learning was a component added to the training to equip participants with the technique to further transfer acquired knowledge to farmers who will in turn train their colleague farmers. Participants participated in an exercise to ascertain the learning styles of people. As a result of this, participants realized their learning styles. Participants understood the different styles of learning such as the pragmatist (those who think and Do), the theorist (those people who think and watch) the activist (those who feel and do) and the reflector (those who feel and watch). With these knowledge and style of learning, participants will maintain a closer relationship with their trainees as they go about their daily activities to train others. This will help build capacity of farmers for a healthy vegetable sector.

This is in connection with GhanaVeg’s vision of seeing a professionalized vegetable sector where quality means healthy. We encouraged interested participants to register for a try- out of GhanaVeg’s E-Learning modules at www.ghanaveg-e-learning.org. Kindly register and follow the first two modules on pest and disease management and fertilization.

GhanaVeg commenced an intensive Agronomy training of Super Trainers with facilitators from Wageningen University and Research to support Agronomist with technical and hands-on training within the vegetable sector.

 

zgfasfParticipant’s Perspective of Trainings

Zackari Musa, one of the participants shared his experience with GhanaVeg. Zack as affectionately called among his colleague, expressed his satisfaction about the training so far. According to him, the training has been interactive with lots of group discussions, assignments, field work and simple lab skill check for field analysis. “More importantly for me is the dedicated GhanaVeg E-learning modules. It is another avenue for us to learn outside scheduled training”

Worth mentioning is the incredible social media page (WhatsApp) that has been created for constant interaction among us (trainees) outside the official training. “You know how this helps us? When we face any situation on the field which we are not familiar with we post it so that other colleagues who have encountered that can assist or better still the facilitators provide solution to our troubles. I love the page”

Visit D.Invitro Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory- Volta Region

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D.Invitro Labs Ghana Ltd. is a leading plant tissue culture laboratory in West Africa, located at Sogakope, about 1½ hour drive from the capital Accra, Ghana.

D.Invitro Labs Ghana started propagating plants ten years ago in the Volta Region as one of the operating companies of SBW BV, a Dutch international group with extensive experience in production as well as research since 1976 and subsidiaries in different parts of the world.

D.Invitro Labs Ghana incorporates her ten years of West African experience with specific climatic conditions and completes the portfolio of her partner companies. The Lab works closely together with reputable research institutes such as Iribov BV in the Netherlands. (www.iribov.com ) Total output of the group in terms of propagated plantlets easily surpasses 20 million yearly, covering more than 400 crops and over 3000 varieties.

We propagate plants for horticultural customers in West Africa, Europe and the United States and parties in the food industry in Ghana. We can offer large-scale propagation in gerberas, bromeliads and lilies, orchids and other ornamental crops, African cash crops as pineapple, plantain, banana and ginger amongst others. We are only working to order, not carrying out any breeding or trading activities on our own. Our customers retain all rights to all plants produced on their hybrid or mutation sent to us, for an agreed upon period of time, or indefinitely as they wish.

A dedicated and professional staff of 100 persons in Sogakope works daily within optimal environmental conditions enabling this type of highly specialized activities. Cleanliness and tidiness are part of our clean room management practices. Airflow quality control, humidity and temperature control are daily routine. All to assure a contamination free working environment for the laboratory. D.Invitro Labs Ghana Ltd. is a Free Zone company, giving us the flexibility of importing critical ingredients and equipment from abroad, staying in line with the latest technological developments against reasonable cost.

The cost price for the services delivered vary per order and depend on the quantities requested, the specificity of that particular variety and the multiplication factor to be reached in our laboratory. For new varieties final cost pricing will be determined after the first production trials have been carried out in our laboratory.

We are most obliged to invite you to Sogakope to visit our laboratory and to elaborate further on a possible future partnership