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Analysis Of Technology Transfer Process And Its Implication On Adoption Of Improved Palm Oil Processing Technology By Women In Ho District

ABSTRACT Oil palm processing is one of the occupations of women in the Dodome and Tsyome communities in the Ho district of the Volta Region of Ghana. To assist women to increase production, Agricultural Sector Improvement Project (ASIP) and Helping Hand Association for Women’s Development (HHAWD) have introduced improved palm oil processing technologies into these communities. However these technologies are not being used. The study was conducted to determine the technology transfer process...

Technical Efficiency Of Tomato Farmers In The Ashanti Region Of Ghana

ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to assess the technical efficiency of tomato farmers in the Ashanti region of Ghana using the stochastic frontier methodology. The study looked at the productivity levels of tomato farmers, examined the determinants of technical inefficiency of tomato farmers and analysed the constraints generally facing tomato production in the region. A total of 150 tomato farmers in three districts namely Offinso South, Offinso North and Asante Akim North in the Ashan...

The Competitiveness Of Soybean Production In The Upper West Region Of Ghana

ABSTRACT In Ghana, soybean production has received considerable promotion since its introduction in 1910 ranging from research, education on utilization technologies, subsidies, etc. The government still provides subsidy to soybean production in the form of soft credit on inputs (fertilizer, seeds, ploughing). Despite these support systems, little or no study has been conducted to assess the private incentives for farmers to continue its production and the sustainability of its production if ...

Adoption Of Improved Cowpea Preservation Technologies In The Akatsi District Of The Volta Region, Ghana

ABSTRACT Enhancing the adoption of Improved Cowpea Preservation Technologies (ICPTs) can contribute greatly to food security in low- income countries such as Ghana. However, although such improved technologies have been the focus of technology development and extension effort for sometime now in Ghana, there is a dearth of studies on the extent of adoption of ICPTs and its determinants. Among others, current adoption of technology literature suggests that target or potential user’s percepti...

Water And Herbicide Movement In A Ghanaian Field Soil Under Varying Irrigation Frequency.

ABSTRACT This study reports an investigation of the influence of irrigation frequency on water and herbicide transport in a Ghanaian field soil. An attempt was also made at simulating the movements of water and atrazine [2-chloro-4-ethylamino-6-isopropylamino-s-triazine] in the soil under varying irrigation frequency. The irrigation treatments used in the study were: Treatment 1 (Tl): 150 mm of water applied in three equal amounts of 50 mm each on days 1, 9 and 17; Treatment 2 (T2): 150 mm of...

Agro–Input Use In Peri–Urban Okra Productionin The Greater Accra Region

ABSTRACT A series of studies were carried out in the Greater Accra region from October, 2012 to May, 2013 to ascertain agro-input usage in okra production and its effects on quality of production and the produce. Studies comprised a survey, two field studies (an on–farm trial and a field experiment) and one laboratory study. For the survey, data were collected through the administration of questionnaires and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software (version 18)...

Comparative Analysis Of The Profitability Of On-Farm And Institutional Storage Of Maize In The Ejura Sekyere-Dumase District Of Ghana

ABSTRACT The research was conducted during the minor season at Sekyere Dumase and Bonyon towns and their environs in the Ejura Sekyere-Dumase District o f Ghana. The objective of the research was to find out in comparative terms the profitability o f on-farm and institutional storage o f maize. The research also found out size and distributions of reasons why farmers/traders prefer one storage system to other, ranked the identified constraints/problems that influence preference for each stora...

Response Of Okra To Different Irrigation And Fertilization Methods In The Keta Sand Spit Of Southeast Ghana

ABSTRACT The sandy soil in the Keta Sand Spit, Southeast Ghana is infertile but is used for intensive vegetable cultivation. The vegetable production systems are managed with large amounts of irrigation water and fertilizers on sandy soils with low inherent water and nutrient retention capacities. The long term sustainability of a shallow groundwater lens which is used for irrigation in the area is threatened by several consecutive years of over withdrawal. Also, the shallow groundwater which...

Use Of Biochar To Enhance Bioremediation Of An Oxisol Contaminated With Diesel Oil

ABSTRACT Oil pollution is a worldwide threat to the environment, especially in oil producing countries, and the remediation of oil-contaminated soils is a major challenge for environmental research. Bioremediation is a useful method for restoring oil contaminated soils because of its cost effectiveness and environmental friendliness. However, the process is very slow in soils with low pH. Soils of the Western Region of Ghana where most of the country‘s oil activities take place are classifi...

The Determinants Of Health And Nutrition Of Children Under Five in Ghana

ABSTRACT This study examines the determinants of health and nutrition of children under five in Ghana using data on 2127 children and their households drawn from the Ghana Living Standards Survey in 1987/88 (GLSS I). The study reveals that Ghanaian children of 0 to 59 months obtain 82.7 percent of the recommended required daily allowance of calorie intake. Also the children weighed 9.9 percent higher than the recommended weight of 12.0 kg. It was further shown that the level of undernutritio...

Yield, Quality and Nodulation Studies of Kersting’s Groundnut [Macrotyloma geocarpum, (Harms) Merachal and Baudet] in the Coastal Savannah AgroEcological Zone of Ghana

ABSTRACT Two investigations were carried out in the field and laboratory to assess variation in yield and nodulation potential as well as differences in the types of Rhizobia nodulating some local accessions of Kersting‟s groundnut (Macrotyloma geocarpum Harms) Marechal and Baudet in the Coastal Savannah Agro-Ecological Zone of Ghana. The aim was to obtain information relevant to important yield and nodulation attributes of Kersting‟s groundnut under prevailing agro-ecological conditions ...

Monitoring Phosphorus Nutrition Of Maize On Four Land Form Technologies In The Vertisols Of The Accra Plains

ABSTRACT A field trial was started in August 1994, during the minor cropping season to investigate the efficiency of four Landforms in the production of maize with special emphasis in phosphorus (P) management in Vertisols at three localities in the Accra Plains of the Coastal Savanna zone of Ghana. The four Landforms were: Flat, Ridged, Ethiopian and Cambered beds. Generally, the soils were low in available P. Raising available P levels in the soil by the addition of fertilizer led to signif...

Effect Of Planting Date And Variety Of Cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.)Walp.] On Green Pod Production

ABSTRACT A study was carried out in 2012 in a Sudan savanna ecology in Ghana aimed at identifying the optimal planting dates and suitable cowpea varieties for green pod production. Six planting dates were considered starting from the onset of the rainy season (20th June, 30th June, 12th July, 25th July, 2nd August and 12th August), and four improved cowpea varieties released by Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as Baaw...

Determinants Of Use Intensity Of Inorganic Fertilizer And Its Effect on Maize Yield Among Smallholder Maize Farmers In Northern Ghana

ABSTRACT Studies have shown that poverty rates in Northern Ghana are two to three times more than the national average. Poverty, low income generation, and chronic food insecurity remains a critical challenge among the people in this region. Smallholder farmers in northern Ghana have limited access to the assets that would facilitate a shift from low productivity subsistence farming to modern commercial agriculture. The major constraints to their livelihoods include lack of infrastructure a...

The Effect of Alachlor-ATRAZINE Mixture And Diuron on Weed Control, Growth And Yield And Their Residual Effect on Growth, Nodulation And Yield of Cowpea.

ABSTRACT Two field experiments were carried out from July 1993 to January 1994 at the University of Ghana farm, Legon. The first experiment investigated the effects of two preemergent herbicides alachlor-atrazine mixture and diuron at the manufacturers' recommended rates and at rates 50% above those recommended on weed control, growth and yield of maize variety 'Abeleehi'. The second experiment carried out on the same plots determined the residual effects of these herbicides on two varieties...


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