The Ministry of Food and Agriculture on Friday graduated sixty (60) students in green house technology from its Bawjiase and Akumadan Greenhouse Villages. The graduands are made up of 48 males and 12 females, these graduands were taken through a three-month intensive training in vegetable production using greenhouse technology.
Participant in the course were selected from Colleges of Agriculture and the Universities with agricultural related form of education. The graduation ceremony took place at Bawjiase campus while graduands from Akumadan, Ashanti Region participated by zoom.
The course, is aimed at providing trainees with knowledge in modern farming and vegetable cultivation under the greenhouse technology. The courses studied included irrigation, fertilization, agro techniques, crop protection, post-harvest procedures, data collection and decision-making procedures among others.
The Academic Manager of Agritop Limited, Mr. Prince K. Boakye, said the trainees over the period went through programmes that had made them disciplined just as expected of great farmers.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Minister of Food and Agriculture Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto said the Greenhouse Village concept , is a module under the flagship programme- Planting for Food and Jobs programme aimed at revamping the vegetable subsector to boost food security and to make agriculture attractive to the youth.
Counting the advantages of greenhouse vegetable cultivation, Dr. Owusu Afiyie Akoto said the technology allowed farmers to plant under normal and optimum conditions, ensured good development of crops and guaranteed decent prizes for produce.
He was sure that with the onset of the project, seasonal planting of vegetables would be a thing of the past.
He congratulated the graduands and said the training would open an opportunity for them to receive government’s support to set up their enterprise and employ others. He urged them to develop strategic proposals and present it to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for support.
Mr. Edem Daniel Damien Kpewou, a representative of graduands in a valedictory speech said the 13-week training had been impactful having been equipped with knowledge and skills in modern agriculture and farming, greenhouse structures and covers, climate systems, agribusiness among others.
“I came here literally as a greenhorn in farming and greenhouse and irrigation technology. But today, thanks to this training, I can confidently say that I have acquired as much knowledge and skills that I need to start and manage a profitable farm" Mr. Edem said.
By: Bagbara Tanko PRO, MoFA