A workshop was held at CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Fumesua Station, on 20th September 2017 to disseminate improved handling technologies for Ghana’s tomato industry. Key stakeholders involved were Farmers, Agricultural Extension staff, Traders and Transporters. Participants were drawn from three (3) districts within Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo Regions (Akomadan, Agogo and Atebubu). The workshop was organized under the auspices of the Korea Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) Horticulture Postharvest Project.
Issues addressed focused on:
1. Best production practices: Quality seed acquisition, transplanting, appropriate chemical usage, field management
2. Improved harvesting techniques (farmers, harvesters, packers)
3. Introduction to plastic crates usage (farmers, harvesters, traders, transporters, market queens);
4. Introduction to basic packing house operations: washing, sorting and grading, re-packing for retail.
CSIR-Crops Research Institute is embarking on a pilot project in selected tomato-producing areas of Ashanti Region, to initiate the dissemination of good handling practices that have the capacity to enhance tomato quality and reduce economic and physical losses by more than 30%. Participatory Rural Appraisals have already been conducted in major production areas and this Stakeholders Workshop was held to sensitize all major stakeholders and form networks and vital linkages in the supply chain.
Workshop participants with CRI Deputy Director
Various presentations and discussions on improved handling technologies
During the workshop