ROOTING FOR EFFICIENCY: A TECHNICAL ANALYSIS OF CARROT PRODUCTION IN ASANTE-MAMPONG MUNICIPALITY

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Abena Ama Boakye
Kwame Osei Mensah

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The Ghanaian agricultural sector, particularly the crops sub-sector, plays a crucial role in the country's economy, contributing significantly to the gross domestic product (GDP) and providing employment opportunities. Among the various agricultural activities, vegetable production, especially non-traditional or exotic vegetables, holds substantial potential for both local consumption and international markets. Despite the global surge in vegetable production over the past decade, vegetable production levels in Ghana and Africa as a whole have not met local market demands. This insufficiency in vegetable production can be attributed to several factors, including poor soil fertility, inadequate utilization of fertilizers, limited access to agricultural inputs, and inefficient input management. Consequently, the socioeconomic benefits that the vegetable sub-sector could bring to farming communities have fallen short of expectations. Mampong Municipality, located in Ghana, is recognized as a prominent producer of vegetables, with a particular focus on carrots. Carrots, as exotic vegetables, are highly sought after and used in various culinary preparations. The demand for carrots, especially in urban areas, remains consistently high. Additionally, the export potential of Ghanaian carrots has been acknowledged by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. In light of these factors, this study explores the challenges and opportunities in carrot production within the Mampong Municipality, emphasizing the importance of improving agricultural practices, input management, and market access to harness the full potential of carrot farming in the region

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Published: May 17, 2024
Keywords:
Ghana, agriculture, vegetable production, carrot farming, socioeconomic impact.
Section
Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
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Abena , A. B., & Mensah, K. O. (2024). ROOTING FOR EFFICIENCY: A TECHNICAL ANALYSIS OF CARROT PRODUCTION IN ASANTE-MAMPONG MUNICIPALITY. Allied Sciences and Engineering Journals (ASEJ), 12(2), 1–10. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.11209150