Did you know the English name of these tropical fruits?

  • Tropical Almonds.              The tropical almond can be found in many parts of Africa. But Ghanaians definitely don’t bother calling it tropical almond. This delicious fruit is referred to as “abrofo nkatie”

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  • Tiger Nuts
    The name “Tiger nut” is yet to stick to this sweet root from Africa. Tiger nut is called its traditional name in various parts of the country; Atadwe” (tiger nuts) as it is called in Ghana, brings smiles to many men😀skinned-tiger-nuts-002-768x576

 

  • Black Velvet Tamarind
    To undertake a fruitless (in both senses) market search, you only have to keep asking for “black velvet tamarind”. If you’re interested in enjoying the sweet-tart goodness of this fruit, please forget your “guy guy” and call it “yoyi” like everyone else.tumblr_n2wig22PCY1r5sfy6o1_1280-768x576

 

  • African Star Apple

Try searching for African star apple on Google and watch the search engine struggle to come up with results. But search for Alasa and watch Google turn to superstar with numerous results. This is because Ghanaians only know this fruit as alasa, not as the African Star AppleTaje-Agbalumo-pile-768x768

 

  • Soursop
    Known in Ga as aluguntugui, Twi as aborofontungu and Ewe as evo, the Annona Muricata fruit has been in Ghana since time immemorial. It is not only found in Ghana but other sub-Saharan African countries that lie within the tropicsaluguntugui
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Rubbers Replacing Cocoa In The Eastern Region

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By Rosina Oyivor, GNA

Ho, April 30, GNA –

Nana Opanbour Bonsu II, President, Concerned Farmers Association of Ghana has expressed dissatisfaction over the clearing of cocoa trees for the cultivation of rubber in cocoa communities in the Eastern Region.

He said the situation was worrying because some chiefs were compelling cocoa farmers to release their farms for the cultivation of rubber trees.

Nana Opanbour who was speaking at an Agric Dialogue Series by the Ghana Agriculture and Rural Development Journalist Association (GARDJA) in Accra, said about 15,000 acres were targeted to be cleared and that 375 acres of cocoa farms had already been destroyed.

He said the importance of the cocoa sector to the development of the country could not be over emphasized, because it remained the backbone of the Ghanaian economy and called for a stop to the practice.

“If we lose our cocoa there will be no life for Ghana as it is the backbone of the economy, not only providing food and jobs but also as commodity of export,” Nana Opanbour stated.

He called on stakeholders in the sector to come out with regulations that would protect cocoa trees from “such attacks”.

Mr. Emmanuel Opoku, Executive Director of Cocoa Health and Extension Division (CHED), encouraged farmers to register their lands and also develop the right type of planting materials that would help in the sustainability of their farms.

He also urged farmer to be abreast with new technology to enhance their cocoa farming business in the face of climate change and assured that measures would be put in place to halt destruction of cocoa trees.

 

Mr. Emmanuel Nodjo, a Cocoa farmer in the Brimiah community in the Eastern Region, said low incentives in the cocoa farming business was driving the youth away from the farming activities.

He said subsidiaries such as spraying support and fertilizers among others were not available and that distributions of chemicals should be channelled to appropriate quarters, so that farmers could gain access

The Business Of Planting Trees

 

 

 

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Approximately 41 million trees are cut down every day—far faster than we are currently replanting them. The consequences of deforestation and other types of land degradation are severe, exacerbating climate change, biodiversity loss, and declines in ecosystem services that hundreds of millions of people depend on.

In response, governments around the world have committed to restore 160 million hectares—an area larger than South Africa. But it will take more than government action to execute on these commitments; the private sector has an important role to play, too.

In fact, these commitments are spurring increased demand for companies that can deliver large projects cost-effectively—restoring degraded land has the potential to become a big business opportunity, on top of providing much-needed climate mitigation and other ecosystem benefits. Established companies and entrepreneurs alike are finding new ways to make money from sustainably managed forests and farms.

Some are responding to governmental incentives; others are responding directly to the market, restoring land to generate new products and services, or to differentiate their offerings from the competition. Some entrepreneurs are betting that a huge new business opportunity for natural carbon capture and sequestration will emerge as more governments charge a fee for emissions driving climate change. New research by The N Conservancy, World Resources Institute and other partners shows that restoration and other land management improvements could provide more than a third of the emissions reductions necessary to keep global warming under 2°C.

Yet hurdles remain, and one of the biggest is funding. Many investors still know little about restoration opportunities. This report is intended to bridge that information gap; it includes case studies of 14 innovative enterprises across eight countries. They cover a fascinating range of activities, from drones that shoot seeds into hardened soils to genetic research on tree species threatened with extinction.

The restoration economy is at the take-off stage. New business models are emerging, technology is advancing and governments are showing political will. This is great news for investors looking for the next growth opportunity. And this is good news for the planet, since restoring land can provide clean water, improve livelihoods and enhance biodiversity—all while pulling back to the earth excess atmospheric carbon that would otherwise be heating the planet.

Opportunities have never been greater—and the task has never been more urgent. As an ancient Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now”

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How To Make Pesticides Using Vegetables | Very Effective Homemade Organic Pesticides

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Aphids, spider mites, and other pests can cause serious damage to flowers, fruits, and vegetables. These creatures attack your garden in swarms, literally draining the life from your crops and often inviting disease in the process. Many chemical pesticides can prove unsafe for the environment or may make fruits and vegetables unsafe for consumption, however. Thankfully, there are many homemade, organic options for you to turn to in your war against pests.

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Benefits of Drones in Agriculture

Are drones and sensors the new way forward?

Drone technology of farming has been around for decades, using drones for crop surveillance can capture highly accurate images of your fields. In addition to, drones for agriculture covers up to hundreds of hectares/acres in a single flight and increases farm crop yields while minimizing the cost of walking the fields or airplane fly-over filming. With the invention of newer, more effective agriculture technologies, drones have the benefits to launch the agriculture industry into a future of sustainability

The Benefits of Drones in Farming

  • Increase Yields

Find potentially yield limiting problems in a timely fashion. This level of detail can help farmers increase production and efficiencies that lead to higher yields.

  • Save Time

One of the major benefits of drones in farming is ability to scout farm fields both quickly and efficiently. Rather than having growers evaluate fields manually on foot or by tractor, this technology allows farmers to gain immediate knowledge about the status of their fields in shorter periods of time.

This information can be gathered whenever and wherever it is needed, minimizing the response time required to address issues and maintain crops.

  • Return on Investment (ROI)

At an average of $2 per acre for a walking visual inspection or an aerial survey to take an image of crop fields, the ROI on the purchase of an aerial helicopter drone can be met quickly. In most operations, the ROI for our drones can be achieved in a crop season or less, leaving you owning a drone that reduces your operating costs and improves your crop yield by giving you the timely information you need for quick management intervention.

  • Ease of use

Unnamed aerial vehicle (UAV) products can be very complex to set-up and operate, but with our preset standards we allow new operators to have confidence in operating from the beginning.

  • Integrated GIS mapping

Draw field borders for flight pattern. This map is the key to boosting yields, cutting costs, and driving your business forwards. It highlights exactly which areas of crop need closer examination

  • Crop Health Imaging

New drone technology is very effective at collecting data to help farmers improve crop health. Seeing the true health of your field in a color contrast allows you to see how much sunlight is being absorbed by the crop canopy. Drones flying over a field can collect plant height measurements by gathering range information from the plant canopy and the ground below.

  • Failsafe – The Drone Flies Home

As an added safety net with the flip of switch your Precision Drone will return to its original takeoff location

  • Water efficiency and other environmental benefits

Thermal cameras are able to detect cooler, well-watered field regions as well as dry hot patches. Farmers can use this data to adjust field irrigation and avoid wasting excess water. This ability to increase water optimization is particularly valuable in drought-stricken areas, such as California.

And by increasing water and fertilizer efficiency, drone technology also helps reduce excess fertilizer that runs off into nearby rivers and streams. Less runoff decreases the algal blooms and dead zones in our water systems.

Thus most drones currently available for use in the agriculture industry are very costly. However, with new developments and further innovation, drones may start to prove their value in agriculture.

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Ghana Won’t Develop GMOs That Would Affect Farmers

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, on Friday, assured Ghanaians that government would not support the development of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) that would affect farmers and farm produce.

‘We will not sit in this country and introduce an agricultural system that will harm our farmers and farm produce.’

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng gave the assurance at a national stakeholder workshop on Ghana’s Plant Breeders Rights Bill (PBR) in Accra, which was organised by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in collaboration with the Registrar General’s Department under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s (AG) Department.

The workshop which attracted stakeholders from Civil Society Organisation (CSO’s), Research Scientists, the Media and Parliamentarians, sought to reactivate the discussions on the Plant Breeders’ Right Bill as part of the process leading to its passage into law.

He explained that the PBR was never about GMOs, but rather a legal framework that seeks among others, to secure and protect the Patent Rights of scientists and growers of new variety of crops and seeds to improve yields, had strong resistance to drought, pest and the climate.

The Bill, he said, was therefore an Intellectual Property component that recognised breeders and growers for their efforts by encouraging them to develop new varieties of plants, and constituted an important ingredient in the quest to transform agriculture in Ghana in particular, and Africa in general.

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng explained that the Bill could not be passed into law by the previous Parliament before of its dissolution, giving reasons such as the concerns raised by some Civil Society Groups at the time, over the possibility that terminator seeds been introduced.

Critics say terminator seeds cannot be replanted after harvesting.

‘This is something our scientists would never do, but it is being done outside, and that is why Ghana established the National Biosafety Authority, through the Biosafety Authority Act 831 , 2011 to ensure that we do not have GMO’s or terminator seeds in Ghana.

We are only going to introduce improved varieties of seeds or organisms, otherwise it would be in contradiction of what we stand for as a country.’

He urged CSOs to engage scientists, the AG and other relevant Ministries to understand what was actually being done, to be able to fight for the farmers.

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said although the government has promised to increase research funding to enable scientists to carry out their work, but in the interim, they needed the Intellectual Property Rights to enable farmers to access funding from other sources.

Prof. Hans Adu-Dapaah, the Head of the Plant Breeding and Technology Programme, CSIR, College of Science and Technology, assessing the scientific and the technical considerations, concluded that the Ghana Plant Breeders Bill was a positive development which seeks to address the interest of growers as well as promote agricultural productivity.

The benefits of the bill, he said, cut across several sectors of the economy and would promote national development.

According to him the bill could provide benefits at the global level by removing barriers to trade in crop varieties, thereby increasing both domestic and international market scope.

He was also of the opinion that the Breeders Bill holds the keys to unlock the potential of government agenda for food and jobs creation.

Prof Adu-Dapaah therefore appealed to Parliament to give urgent consideration to the passage of the bill since it had the potential to empower farmers to access new markets and attract sector investments in plant breeding.

He however identified lack of adequate and sustainable sources of funding for research, lack of insensitive for breeders, poor conditions of service and encroachment fields as challenges confronting research institutions, and called for private sector partnership and support.

Mrs Jemima Oware, the Registrar General, was hopeful that the workshop would provide stakeholders with knowledge and information to motivate the passage of the Plant Breeders Bill into law without any further delay.

Ghana, recognising the need for a legal framework to support the protection of the rights of breeders of new varieties and to promote the development of varieties to boost food production to feed the growing population, initiated a draft bill in 2000, but failed to gain consensus in the subsequent attempts to push for its passage by Parliament, because the regime was new and knowledge of the system was limited among stakeholders.

Planting for food and jobs policy is practically weak – Research


Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto – Agric Minister

Some researchers at the University of Ghana have described the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) policy as a piecemeal initiative that lacks the potential to make the desired impact on smallholder farmers.

According to them, the Planting for Food and Jobs policy looked good on paper but was practically weak because it was focused more on the supply of inputs to boost production at the expense of other aspects of the agriculture value chain.

“We have stated policies and actual policies. The Planting for Food and Jobs is the government’s stated policy but with the research we conducted, there is nothing to suggest that the distribution and marketing segments of the agriculture value chain has been tackled,” Professor Joseph Teye, a researcher at the Center of Migration Studies at the Department of Geography and Resource Development, said.

He indicated this while presenting the findings of a research conducted on food systems and the activities of smallholder farmers, the challenges, government policies and the future of farming at a two-day conference which opened in Accra yesterday.

Research

The research, which was conducted between December, 2017 and January, this year, is under the auspices of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) in collaboration with Oxfam, Private Enterprise Foundation and other partners.

It was carried out in farming communities in four regions comprising Northern, Eastern, Brong Ahafo and Greater Accra.

The findings of the research showed that only 17.5 per cent of the total farmer population received fertilizers and seeds under the Planting for Food and Jobs policy while the remaining 82.25 did not get any form of support from the government for 2017.

According to the research, almost all the farmers who received the inputs were worried that the fertilisers and seeds were not of the best quality and were not supplied at the right time.

“The findings of the research show that there is a problem with the distribution chain because more work has not been done to market the produce by farmers.
“We also found out that the farmers are worried about the repayment model for the subsidized fertilizer. On paper, it stated that the farmers will repay with farm produce but we found that they are being made to pay in cash even though their produce have no ready market,” he stated.

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A co-author of the research, Professor Joseph Yaro, said the research further showed that a myriad of challenges such as post-harvest losses, bad road networks, lack of access to credit facilities, inadequate storage facilities, worsened the plight of smallholder farmers.

The research, he explained, showed that most consumers tended to have taste for foreign food because local produce were of poor quality, poorly packaged and were highly perishable.
He called on the government to streamline the activities of farmers and traders in the marketing segment of the value chain to remove bottlenecks in the marketing of farm produce.
Government assurance

In a speech read on his behalf, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afiriyie-Akoto, said despite some challenges that the PFJ faced in the first year, the Planting for Food and Jobs would be more focused on storage and marketing of produce this year.

He added that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with three local entities to supply farmers with foundation seeds, assuring that there would be an improvement in the quality of seeds that would be supplied this year.

Emergency fund

Meanwhile, the President of PFAG, Mr Abdul-Rahman Mohammed, called for the establishment of an emergency fund to tackle the challenges facing smallholder farmers. According to him, even though policies by the government, such as the Planting for Food and Jobs, and the one-village, one-dam, were good, it required sustainable funding and increased investment to improve the lives of peasant farmers.

He further called on the government to take steps to check the smuggling of fertilizer meant for farmers to neighboring countries.

Source: Graphic.com.gh