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GIZ - Market-Oriented Agriculture Program (MOAP)

Best practices for the production and processing of fruits and maize in Ghana, validated and tested by the Market-Oriented Agriculture Program (MOAP) – a program jointly implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana and GIZ. Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH: GIZ offers customized solutions to complex challenges. We are an experienced service provider and assist the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. We offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development.

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Contact person: 
Paul Schuetz
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Country: 
Ghana

Technologies from GIZ - Market-Oriented Agriculture Program (MOAP)

 

Increasing yield of mango with selective harvest

Due to inaccurate methods of harvesting, farmers tend to destroy the quality of the mangoes and obtain reduced yields of the fruit which results in a loss of income of the farmers. Through selective harvesting techniques, mangoes are harvested in three stages from the trees based on their maturity level. Also, proper picking poles are used to harvest the mangoes in order to avoid dropping them on the ground causing subsequent damage. This technique explains how to properly harvest mangoes and how the mango harvest can be planned in order to reduce post-harvest losses.

Bacterial Black Spot (BBS) Identification and Control for Mango Farmers in Ghana

Growing mango is full of challenges and farmers should know about them to succeed in the mango production. The more farmers know, the better they will succeed. This short film (and its description) is dealing with a disease called Bacterial Black Spot (BBS). In 2010 it was first identified in West Africa and is now a major threat for mango growers. It weakens branches and causes fruit drop. If not treated, it can devastate an entire plantation. Once the disease breaks out in a certain area, it spreads further and further every year. This video (and the description below which summarize the video) aims to provide some advices on how to recognize the disease and stop it.

Anthracnose Control for Mango Farmers in Ghana

Growing mango is full of challenges and farmers should know about them to succeed in the mango production. The more farmers know, the better they will succeed. This short film (and its description) is dealing with a disease called Anthracnose. It is a very wide spread disease in humid environments like in the tropical parts of Ghana. Once the disease infects the mango trees, most of the harvest can be lost. This video (and the description below which summarize the video) aims to provide some advice on how to recognize the disease and stop it.

Fruit Fly Control for Mango Farmers in Ghana

Growing mango is full of challenges and farmers should know about them to succeed in the mango production. The more farmers know, the better they will succeed. In this short film four farmers from the Eastern Region of Ghana share their experiences with fruit fly control in mango plantation. They explain us 1) How to build a fruit fly trap to keep the number of fruit flies under control 2) How to install a fruit fly trap in the tree, 3) How to use a protein bait to control fruit flies, and 4) The role of farm hygiene in fruit fly management. The description below is the written text (script) of the video.

Well dried maize benefits all – the solar maize dryer

The solar maize dryer is a construction that dries maize through solar energy. It takes three days to reduce the moisture content of maize from 24% to 14%. Drying maize reduces the risk of mold and aflotoxins and helps farmers to achieve good market prices.

How to measure soil pH value

Most soils in Ghana are too acidic, limiting the nutrient uptake of plants. The following video presents one easy way to measure a soil’s pH value using pH indicator strips. Knowing your soil's pH value helps to take action to improve your soil quality.

Video on how to build a fruit fly trap

Fruit flies are a common pest damaging fruits and vegetables. This video explains how to build a safe, simple and cost effective fruit fly trap with a plastic bottle, a pheromone and an insecticide.

Video on how to prune a mango tree

This video explains how to do maintenance pruning of mango trees. Pruning is a very effective way to enhance the quality of mangos. At the same time production costs are reduced.

Video on how to defeat the mealy bug

Papaya mealy bugs (Paracoccus marginatus) are a pest infesting papaya trees (Carica papaya) and were accidentally introduced into Ghana. Biological control of papaya mealy bugs is possible with the help of Acerophagus papayae wasps. These predators lay their eggs into the mealy bugs, killing them.
The short video shows how Acerophagus wasps can be bred and multiplied in a small laboratory at low cost in order to be released into the orchard. This video was made on Tropigha Farms in the Volta Region.

How to make good, hot compost

This video explains the process of making good, hot compost from green leaves, woody material, rock phosphate and animal manure.