Ghana: Government commends Hortifresh program for contributing to sector growth

The government has commended the contribution of the Hortifresh West Africa program, which is a follow-up project to the GhanaVeg program implemented in 2013, towards developing a competitive horticulture sub-sector in Ghana.

The Hortifresh program improved the knowledge and income of over 15,000 family farms, created over 3,000 jobs, adopted research results and certification, and financing or more than 30 small and medium enterprises. Dr. Solomom Gyan Ansah, the Director of Agriculture, Directorate of Crop Services at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, made the commendation at the close-out ceremony of the Hortifresh West Africa Programme in Accra.

The ceremony was used to launch two new reports on Greenhouse Cucumber and Tomato production. The event was on the theme: “Sustaining Gains made for A Competitive Horticulture Sector.”

The program was funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra and focused on the fruit and vegetable sectors in Ghana and Cote d’lvoire. A consortium of partners has implemented the program (SNV, Resilience, Advance Consulting, and Sense and has been led by the Wageningen University and Research.

He said the program had positively impacted people’s lives through the creation of sustainable livelihoods, improved access to inputs, finance, technical support, and market access.

Read the complete article at www.businessghana.com.


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