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Asian Journal of Agricultural Research
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-9
DOI: 10.3923/ajar.2007.1.9
 
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Plantain Production Practices in the Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo and Eastern Regions of Ghana

A.A. Dankyi, B.M. Dzomeku, F.O. Anno-Nyako, Alex Adu-Appiah and Gyamera-Antwi

Abstract:
A study was conducted in three of the six plantain growing regions-(Eastern, Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo) of Ghana to elucidate the plantain production practices and constraints. A total of 259 plantain farmers from 24 villages were selected randomly and interviewed using prepared questionnaires. Frequency distribution, percentage and mean score were used in the analysis of the data. The findings revealed that the mean age of the plantain farmers was 47 years. A greater percentage (84%) of the respondents had formal education, with only 16% without any formal education. The mean plantain farm of the respondent was two acres (0.8Ha). Majority (84%) of the farmers slashed and burned their fields during land preparation. Only 22% of the farmers practice row planting. All the farmers practice inter-cropping plantain with other crops and 96% without any soil amendments application. Only 25% of the farmers had heard of the release of improved cultivars by research. Less than 15% of the farmers have had some training in techniques of plantain production. Radio publicity seems to be among the highest of the extension methods farmers would prefer. Bud manipulation technique was highly adopted than the split-corm technique. Land tenure was of much problem to male plantain farmers than to the females. Plantain production contributed more income to female farmers than the male farmers. The four main constraints to plantain production identified by the farmers were credit weed, labour, disease in that order. The major marketing problem was low price for the produce.
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How to cite this article:

A.A. Dankyi, B.M. Dzomeku, F.O. Anno-Nyako, Alex Adu-Appiah and Gyamera-Antwi , 2007. Plantain Production Practices in the Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo and Eastern Regions of Ghana. Asian Journal of Agricultural Research, 1: 1-9.

DOI: 10.3923/ajar.2007.1.9

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajar.2007.1.9

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