Ghana: Workshop to focus on better use of agro chemicals, organic fertilizers

A survey conducted by the Human Care and Maintenance Foundation (HUCAM), a non-governmental organisation in the Tano South District, showed that vegetables farmers in the area use high amounts of agro-chemicals on their crops. The survey revealed that most of the farmers had no knowledge in the application of the agro-chemicals and apply them haphazardly, thus poisoning vegetables and river bodies in the area.

This was made known by Ms Evelyn Bema Darkwa, Executive Director of HUCAM, at a stakeholders’ meeting and capacity building workshop for vegetables farmers in the district at Bechem.

It was organised by the NGO with support from the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and attended by 450 vegetable farmers in the district.

The workshop was aimed at developing the capacity of local farmers in integrated pest management and the best alternative farming practice for sustainable agriculture.

The objective of the project is to raise awareness on the effect of the wrong use of chemicals and persistent organic pollutants and to also support the farmers to adopt organic farming in the production of vegetables.

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