Vegetable farmers in the north must invest resources, time and effectively manage resources to revive the sector, Sheila Assibey-Yeboah, Senior Business Advisor/ Deputy Programmes Leader of GhanaVeg, has said.
She said her outfit was ready to support the sector through new ways of doing business to become a formidable, healthy and quality vegetables sector in the country to be able to keep up with some of the barriers in the vegetable sector.
Mrs Assibey-Yeboah was speaking at a maiden Business Platform Meeting in Tamale, which brought together key players of the vegetable sector to discuss challenges facing the industry and find ways to address the challenges to increase productivity.
Mrs Assibey-Yeboah who spoke on the topic, Healthy and Quality Vegetables through new ways of doing Business, said the vegetable sector needs innovative ways to become competitive and efficient to meet the export market as well as boost the confidence of the local market to increase consumption.
Some of the activities GhanaVeg undertakes to revive the industry include, private-public dialogue among stakeholders, grant support, and agronomy training of trainers.
Mr. Fouad Lakhal, Agronomist and Vegetable Research Coordinator of Wienco Ghana Limited, who made a presentation on Bridging the Vegetable Seed Gap for Sustainable Agricultural Development in Ghana, explained that the use of non-certified seeds accounts for low yields.
He advised farmers to avoid the use of saved seeds but purchase hybrid seeds which are profitable.