Mr Kojo Acquah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly (EKMA) in the Western Region has announced that the capacity of farmers in the industry has been improved to effectively and efficiently produce carrots and process them into different forms to prolong their shelf life.
He said the Assembly embarked on climate-smart agriculture, helped with the greening of the Municipality and carried out some activities to complement the Government’s agenda of creating jobs within the agricultural space.
It also promoted urban agriculture in order to create jobs, ensure growth in income and improve the living standards of residents within the Municipality.
He stated that the activities were innovative in nature and included the use of pots, buckets, plastic and wooden containers as well as soilless (sawdust) medium to cultivate crops while the Department of Agriculture also introduced rearing of catfish in tarpaulin ponds, quails and rabbits in cages.
Mr Acquah who made this known in an interview with the Newsghana said the Assembly also advertised the demonstrated enterprises on its website to encourage the youth and majority of unemployed women and retirees to take advantage of the webpage by visiting the Agriculture Department of the Assembly to obtain more practical experience and skills.
He expressed the hope that the beneficiaries would put them into practice to enhance their income levels and help reduce unemployment in the Municipality.
He announced that a training workshop on the carrot value chain program was organized for carrot farmers and other actors in the carrot value chain in collaboration with PYXERA Global, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in Effiakuma New-Site in the Municipality.
The training, he said, became necessary since farmers in the cultivation of carrots within EKMA usually experienced low farm yields, high incidence of diseases and high post-harvest losses due to their lack of experience and knowledge in carrot farming. This issue has existed far too long resulting in low income for carrot farmers.