Maize value chain records laudable progress in Ghana

The maize value chain in Ghana has recorded some laudable achievements last year. The project was able to establish Innovations Platforms(IPs), conducted IP inaugural meetings, seed drop for on –farm demonstrations. The maize commodity project was launched in Ghana in the second quarter of 2013 which facilitated the establishment of some Innovations Platforms(IPs) in strategic areas. Two of the three IPs were located at Mampong –Sekyere axis to serve Forest zone and Kintampo North –Nkoranza South axis serving the Transition zone. The third IP was yet to be established in the Savanna zone.

The inaugural meeting for Forest zone IP brought together 73 actors comprising of 50 farmers, one trader, three community leaders, 10 area extension agencies (AEAS), two directors from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (MoAF), one input dealer, three policy makers, and three researchers. The inaugural meeting for Transition zone IP brought together 153 actors composed of 100 farmers, 10 traders, 10 processors, four tractor operators, two community leaders, six AEAS, two directors from MoAF, four input dealers, four transporters, two financial institutions, four media specialists, two policy makers, and three researchers. The actors of the two IPs had positive impression about the IP approach which they commended as a good method of diagnosing production constraints and providing solutions to them.