Vegetable farmers given pest management training
As part of efforts to improve the cultivation of vegetables for both domestic and international markets, some selected vegetable farmers in the Central, Greater Accra and Volta Regions have received training in integrated pest management (IPM) to enable them to cultivate quality and healthy produce.
Held on the theme: “Integrated Pest Management for Quality Vegetable Production”, 10 nucleus farmers selected from various farmer associations in each of the three regions were taken through a three-day training of trainers (TOT) course on effective IPM.
The participants cultivate chilli pepper, tomatoes, okra, eggplants, cucumber and other vegetables.
The 30 trained farmers are expected to roll out the training to cover 300 more farmers within the intervention areas.
The training was organised by the Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association of Ghana (VEPEAG) and supported by GIZ, the German Agency for International Cooperation, in partnership with Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA).
At Baduatta in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region, the farmers were taken to a tomato greenhouse farm and an open field to put into practice what they learnt.
At the VEPEAG head office at the Cantonments in the La Dadekotopon municipality, the farmers underwent similar exercises.