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Ghana: Higher yield of tomatoes in cost-efficient greenhouse

Growing tomatoes in a closed environment without paying too much. The College of Basic and Applied Science of the University of Ghana chose to invest in an Envirodome greenhouse for high yield and year-round production of tomatoes.

Propagate the gospel of greenhouses
In this video, Professor George Oduro Nkansah says he brought the idea for a greenhouse in 1996 when he returned from Japan. “I tried to propagate the gospel, but people didn’t buy it until recently. This is what we want governments to buy for every region.” George says the market for greenhouses in Ghana grows.

This particular 271 square meter greenhouse, the EnviroDome Greenhouse Ventilation System, has been developed by AECi. The netting prevents insects from coming into the greenhouse and a diffusing screen makes sure that every plant gets the same amount of light.

“With this EnviroDome, we wanted to come up with a solution for hot climates with high humidity", explains CEO Avi Albert. "As most growers have no budget to invest in expensive greenhouses, we make sure to make it cost-efficient as well. We bring everything ready, so the grower only needs to take care of the assembly. This means the time and costs will reduce dramatically. Installing the greenhouse takes about five days, with five people.” When it is all set and ready for cultivation, the greenhouse still keeps its cost-efficient character, according to Avi. “During the growing period, the grower doesn’t need to use much energy or to pay for electricity in order to get better conditions.”

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