YAS Has Launched Alternative Means To Control Bacteria Wilt Project
“Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Director of University of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) last Wednesday revealed that Ghana is the second largest importer of tomato paste in the world. According to the renowned economist, Ghana is second only to Germany in the world, consuming an average of twenty 25,000 tonnes of tomato paste in a year at a total cost of about $25 million dollars,” GhanaWeb, 2016.
The greatest challenge facing Ghanaian tomato farmers is Bacteria Wilt. Globally, bacteria wilt has no cheap means of control or cure. The best control is to test for bacteria wilt on a land before cultivation of crops – if results turn positive, then abandon land. However, modernisation and industrialisation is causing scarcity of land. This means we have to find alternative means of cultivating tomato on a land tested positive for bacteria wilt.
Youth for African Star launched a project in 2015 to find alternative means of cultivating tomato on land tested positive for bacteria wilt. This research project is being led by Mr Kwasi Boadu Ntiamoah (Env. & Biodiversity Dirrector, YAS NGO), and Mr Kweku Peter Hammond (Member, YAS NGO). The research project was launched and implemented in Dunkwa-on-Offin Central Region, Ghana.
At the end of the research project, the NGO will embark on nationwide campaign to train farmers to cultivate tomatoes without worrying about bacteria wilt. This is to help eliminate poverty, hunger and unemployment in Ghana. This project is to find the cheapest and efficient means to empower farmers to cultivate tomatoes at bacteria wilt endemic areas in Africa.
Final Research Output After 2 Years