Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in the Central Region, Professor Domwini Dabire Kuupole, has developed what is believed to be the first-ever banana plantation in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The 3 ha banana plantation was first cultivated in 2013 at Ketuo in the Nandom Municipality of the region.
Prof. Kuupole’s foray into agriculture has yielded fruit as the crops have been doing very well since they were planted and the produce is being sold out on the market by women, mostly widows. Aside from that, Prof. Kuupole has also cultivated a three-acre cassava plantation on the land. The wonder of all this is that the two crops which are alien to the region are doing well.
What is making the regional agriculture industry more interesting is the introduction of banana cultivation in the area where these traditional crops have dominated, leading to the creation of employment and an increase of income along the banana value chain.