Aaron Duah Prince, a 34-year-old building and construction teacher at the Ejisu Secondary Technical School has resolved to venture into ginger production to complement his teaching job.
“Ginger, I understand has possible benefits and for production purposes, hence my great interest to cultivate more, although, this is my first production and I am optimistic of reaping more than estimated,” he hinted.
Duah is currently farming on three-acre family land at Essienipong in the Ejisu municipal.
Ginger as a crop requires warmer temperatures, usually between 25 to 35 degree Celsius, and moisty climate with annual rainfall of at least 1300 to 1500mm within nine months of the growth of the crops.
His impetuous passion for farming could not be underrated since he also has a five-acre cocoa plantation in the vicinity.
According to him, he has no problem regarding land acquisition for mass production but the venture is highly capital intensive and required a huge amount of money before one can go into it.
He is adopting one of the best agriculture practices for his three-acre ginger cultivation, arguing he wants the best yield.
He has resorted to the use of organic manure during the planting period and its growth stage.
To him, he has spent much and expects good yield from his sweat.
His three-acre ginger plantation is likely to give him 100 sacks of rhizomes after harvesting.
Haven realized the potential of ginger farming, it is incumbent upon us and investors to look into it by establishing a ginger processing plant in the Ashanti region.
In 1975, a ginger processing facility was built for the people of Gyankoba, a farming community in the Atwima Nwabiagya district to process the ginger produced from the area and its surrounding environment, but the facility is now defunct.
The young farmer is, therefore, calling on stakeholders and government to facilitate a deal to see the ginger industry flourishing again.
Mr Duah, in an interview with gardja.org, suggested to the local government authorities to consider constructing motorable roads for farmers in the hinterlands, since most of the roads are not motorable.
He explains that the situation compels farmers, including the aged, to trek 5 to 10 kilometres to farm on daily basis. “These are some of the obstacles pushing many youths out from farming.”