On Thursday, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture handed over four reefer vans to vegetable traders under the Ghana Commercial Agricultural Project (GCAP) to improve sustainable supply of vegetable produce all year round. The beneficiaries were the AB Farms, BB Vegies, HMR and Dzifresh companies.
The vans form part of packages under the Peri-Urban Vegetable Value Chain project of the GCAP to facilitate easy access to market as well as stabilize vegetable prices.
Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto,Minister of Food and Agriculture, who handed over the vans to the beneficiaries in Accra, also used the occasion to commission the new Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA) head office complex.
He said the vans were to support the operations of the vegetable dealers and ultimately help farmers to get their produce to the market on time and to avoid postharvest losses. Dr Afriyie Akoto said vegetable production alone in other parts of the world was fetching lots of money for countries and that Kenya for instance, earn about three billion dollars annually from vegetables production.
He said Ghana started to learn from the Kenyan experience and sent some peri-urban vegetable farmers to that country to learn and replicate the success story.