INFORMATION ON EXPORT MARKETING AND QUALITY AWARENESS PROJECT (EMQAP)
The Export Marketing and Quality Awareness Project is co-financed by the Government of Ghana and African Development Bank, with a loan amount of UA18.84 million equivalent to USD $28.84million. Project implementation will span a period of five years and is being implemented in four regions notably: Central, Greater Accra, Eastern and the southern-most part of Volta Regions. Project implementation began effectively in January 2007 following the declaration of effectiveness in May 2006 and the subsequent first disbursement to the project in December 2006. The deadline for disbursement is December, 31st, 2011.
Project Goals and Objectives
The project will contribute towards the goal of increasing export earnings of non-traditional agricultural products.
The objective of the project is to increase incomes of horticultural crop farmers, exporters and cassava producers.
The components are:
- Production and Productivity Enhancement
The outputs under this component are:
- Four demonstration farms established one in each of the four project regions to serve as centers of excellence to disseminate modern technologies in horticulture.
- Increased volume of MD2 pineapple suckers and quality seeds of other horticultural crops made available to farmers.
- Increased availability of improved cassava planting materials for farmers in the Ayensu Cassava Company area.
- Production manuals for horticultural crops published and distributed to farmers
- Export Marketing Promotion and Infrastructure Development
The outputs under this component are:
- Accessibility in production areas enhanced through improved feeder roads
- Two common pack houses established in the project areas to improve the stock of cold chain infrastructure.
- Capacity building
The output is:
- Capacity of all stakeholders (farmers, exporters, export trade service staff, MOFA staff, graders, sorters) strengthened.
- Project Coordination and Management which ensures effective implementation of the project
The project is being implemented in the following regions:
- Greater Accra Region
- Volta Region
- Eastern Region
- Central Region
ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
Production and Productivity Enhancement Component
- Four demonstration centres have been established at the following areas: Vakpo in the Volta region, Kade in the Eastern region, Okyereko in the Central region and Amrahia in the Greater Accra region.
- Currently, seven (7) acres of MD2 pineapples; 2 acres at Kade, 3 acres at Amrahia and 2 acres at Vakpo have been established at the demonstration centers. These centers are being used to demonstrate Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to farmers. Technologies and practices that will help to control soil erosion, diseases such as phytophthora and wilt, and practices that will increase yields (planting good quality suckers, sorting and grading of suckers, plastic mulching and recommended fertilizer regimes) are being demonstrated at these centers.
- A total of 484,000 MD2 pineapple suckers have been supplied to farmers. Technical support was also provided to farmers on rapid multiplications of the suckers to enhance the production of quality fruits.
- A fertilizer trial to develop appropriate fertilizer regime for MD2 pineapples in Ghana for was completed and a field day organized for farmers and exporters to share the performance of the pineapples under the treatments. The trial was established to determine the most appropriate form of potassic fertilizer for producing high quality, high yield and the most cost effective MD2 pineapple under local conditions. The trial which was collaboration with the Sea freight Pineapple Exporters of Ghana (SPEG) was conducted on farmers’ fields – George fields at Adawukwa Fianko in the Central Region and Gold Cost Fruits at Otatey in the Greater Accra Region.
In all seven treatments were evaluated, these were potassium sulphate (50% K20) applied monthly, potassium nitrate (46% K20, 13%N) applied monthly, potassium chloride or Muriate of potash (60% K20) applied monthly, potassium sulphate (50% K20) applied fortnightly, potassium nitrate (46% K20, 13%N) applied fortnightly, potassium chloride (60% K20) applied fortnightly and the farmers practice or control; in four replications.
- To facilitate the supply of raw materials to the Ayensu Cassava Starch Company (ASCO), improved cassava planting materials have been supplied to 405 members of the Ayensu Cassava Farmers Association (ACFA) for multiplication and supply to other ACFA members for the production of cassava. So far, 400 acres cassava planting material farms has been established and would be used to cultivate about 4000 acres of cassava.
- Selected varieties of chilli peppers and garden egg seeds are undergoing maintenance breeding to ensure that farmers have access to seeds which are true-to-type and are devoid of admixtures. After the maintenance breeding, the seeds which were found to be stable and have commercial value will be put into the formal seed chain (Breeder, Foundation and Certified). So far 15.5 kg of breeder seed of CSIR-CRI Shito-Adope, a released chilli variety has been produced. 5.2kg of Dwomo, 9.2kg of O