Ghanaian president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has projected that the country can bring in about US$1 billion earnings from vegetable exports in seven years.
In a ceremony, inaugurating the Akumadan Greenhouse Village in Akumadan in the Ofinso North District in the Ashanti Region, the president said estimates indicated that cultivating three selected vegetables in greenhouses could generate over GH¢2.49 million a year (US$448,000).
Addressing a large gathering of people, Akufo-Addo said that a hectare of tomatoes would produce 150 tonnes a year, with a market value of GH¢843,150, while a hectare of sweet pepper was also expected to yield 150 tonnes, valued at GH¢837,000 a year, with a hectare of cucumber yielding 150 tonnes a year, valued at GH¢810,000.
He stressed that the overarching vision of the 'Ghana Beyond Aid' agenda was to rally the citizenry and resources to develop Ghana to achieve self-reliance and dignity. To rake in the revenues, he said, the government was working to expand greenhouse villages to all parts of the country.