Govt has commissioned 75 Greenhouses to boost vegetable farming
President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has inaugurated about 75 Greenhouses and an Entrepreneurship Innovative Centre at Dawhenya Irrigation site in the Greater Accra Region to accelerate the country’s local vegetable farming.
The ceremony was held under the theme, “Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Key to Ghana’s Economic Transformation” and was an initiative by the Ministry of Business Development and the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.
Speaking at the commission ceremony in Accra today, President Akufo-Addo noted that the greenhouse project was one of the major step taken by the government to modernise the agricultural sector.
He indicated that the country would reap great economic benefits from the project while the centre would equip youth with entrepreneurial talents to support the government’s job creation efforts.
“The World Bank estimates that agriculture and agro-business together, could command a one trillion ($1,000,000,000,000.00) United States dollar presence in Africa’s continental economy by the year 2030, compared to three hundred and thirteen billion (313,00,000,000.00) in 2010, if more irrigation, smart business and trade policies and a dynamic private business sector are harnessed to work side by side with government and link farmers with consumers in an increasingly urbanized Africa,” President Akufo-Addo added.
He maintained that the project was significant especially in the current era which the government was planning to give a face lift to the agricultural sector.
“That is why today’s event is of such significance as we embark on a journey to modernise agriculture through greenhouse technology which is a major flank of government’s Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs. At this facility, the reliance on favourable weather conditions and on particular seasons for vegetable farming will now be a thing of the past,” President Akufo-Addo added.
Highlighting the importance of the greenhouse, he stated that it would allow farmers to plant under normal conditions while ensuring good development of crops and guarantee decent prices.
“The 75 greenhouses here at Dawhenya, can produce four thousand, five hundred (4,500) tonnes of tomatoes annually, bringing the yearly revenue of some eleven million Cedis (GHC 11,000, 000.00) and employing a total of two hundred and thirty (230) people,” President Akufo-Addo stated.
He expressed joy for the project and commended stakeholders who played key role in the success of it.
“Already, vegetables from this farm are being sold at Shoprite, Farmers Market, Eden Tree, amongst other places. This is highly commendable and I say a big ‘ayekoo’ to all those involved in this project,” President Akufo-Addo added
Mohammed Awal, the Minister for Business Development observed that under the President’s entrepreneurship development programmes, about 42,000 young Ghanaians have been trained and was optimistic that the “Ghana Beyond Aid” agenda would soon be actualised.
“Nine thousand of them have been provided funding and they have created ninety two thousand jobs in three years under our watch.
Mr President, I want to assure you that this green estates and this building will turn out hundreds of thousands of young Ghanaians who will not only grow businesses and employ people, but will also go to the world and compete and take ‘Ghana beyond aid,’” he added.
The Greenhouse Project is the biggest greenhouse estate in West Africa located at Dawhenya in the Greater Accra Region.
The project has huge economic benefits to the nation and it is in line with the President’s vision of creating jobs and reducing unemployment.
Agricultural modernization such as the creation of the 75 greenhouses can improve livelihoods and import substitution in the country.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE