The Upper East Regional Director for the Department of Agriculture, Alhaji Fuseini Zakaria has touted that the Upper East Region can be considered as a hub for the production of vegetables in northern Ghana.
Unlike the other 4 regions in northern Ghana that depend solely on rain-fed water for the cultivation of vegetables, Alhaji Zakaria said the Upper East Region has a large source of water bodies like the Vea and Tono Dams for the cultivation of vegetables and crops in the dry season.
“Vegetable production as you all know, in the whole of northern Ghana, no region stands tall when it comes to vegetable production. We [Upper East Region] have the ability to produce twice within a year unlike other sister regions of northern Ghana that depend solely on rain-fed. Though we also experience one rain-fed, by virtue of our abound water bodies, we are producing twice a year”
The Upper East Region produces vegetables such as tomato, pepper, okra, cabbage, and carrot, for household and commercial purposes.
Alhaji Zakaria was of the view that the defunct Pwalugu Tomato Factory if revamped “will enhance the marketing of the commodity [tomato] which will intend to improve production”
The regional director of agriculture was addressing stakeholders in the agriculture value chain when the sector minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto paid a working visit to the region.
Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah|Bolgatanga|Ghana