As part of efforts to promote sustainable and climate-sensitive agricultural practices, the Market-Oriented and Agriculture Programme, North West (MOAP-NW) has trained and certificated some farmers in the Lawra Municipality in the Upper West Region under the Ghana Green Label (GGL) Certification Scheme.
The farmers, drawn from two communities—Methor Buor and Methor Yipala who were inaugurated in Lawra under the name Kuubena and Associated Vegetable Farmers—have been licensed in accordance with the Green Label Ghana Standard (GS 1054) to produce fresh fruits and vegetables.
GBC’s Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo reports that the farmers have been mandated to cultivate ten items including cucumber, chilli pepper, spring onion, tomato, cabbage and watermelon.
The Ghana Green Label (GGL) Certification Scheme is the Government of Ghana’s response to the growing consumer demands for safe food production in an environmentally sustainable manner. The scheme among others is to ensure that food security and environmental sustainability are not compromised during the production and marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables in Ghana.
An Agricultural Certification Expert of MOAP-NW, Abdul-Latif Soale asks the public to have confidence in produce of the certified farmers from Methor Buor and Methor Yipala.
He pointed out that, “Consumers can invest their confidence in the vegetables produced by Kuubena and Associated Farmers and they can patronize it with the level of confidence that they have in consumption of vegetables for a healthy and safe living.”
“We are promoting the adoption of neem as an organic pesticide. With that one you can even spray and consume it today. They have been able to, they are yielding on to that and they are adopting the use of neem as organic pesticide,” Mr. Abdul-Latif averred.
An Agricultural Expert of GIZ-MOAP, Gabriel Timbillah who represented the Team Leader of MOAP, Dr Andrew Harberd said the program is jointly being sponsored by the European Union and German Foreign Ministry to promote agri-business for export.
The Lawra Municipal Director of Agriculture, Simon Yer said Kuubena and Associated Farmers group will serve as a role model for others and expressed the hope that the Lawra Municipality will become a vegetable hub through the green label certification scheme.
He observed: “Our hope is that this achievement will pave way for all farmers groups in the municipality and beyond to be green label certified in the coming years, we also hope that with government and other donor support, Lawra Municipality will become vegetable hub in the northern savannah zone.”
In an interview two farmers—Madam Esther Vour and Mr. Naakpi Kuubena—observed that the green label certification scheme has improved their lot in terms of new markets, restoration of farmer off-taker relation, record keeping, increased personal safety in farm operations, cost management as well as pest and disease management in their farming activities.
Story filed by Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo.