Course Details

Title: Mastering Sweet Potatoes Farming in Ghana and West Africa

Description: This comprehensive course offers an in-depth exploration of sweet potato cultivation, specifically tailored to the unique climatic and soil conditions of Ghana and West Africa. Designed for both novice and experienced farmers, the program covers all essential aspects of sweet potato farming, from soil preparation and planting techniques to pest management and harvesting. Participants will learn best practices for maximizing yield, improving crop quality, and ensuring sustainable farming practices. The course also addresses market trends and strategies for selling sweet potatoes locally and internationally. By the end of the program, farmers will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to boost productivity and profitability in sweet potato farming.

Duration: 25mins 13secs

About Course

Course Overview

The "Mastering Sweet Potatoes Farming in Ghana and West Africa" course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and practical skills for successfully cultivating sweet potatoes. This course covers the entire farming process from land preparation and planting to harvesting and marketing. Participants will gain insights into best practices, modern techniques, and sustainable approaches tailored to the unique environmental and economic conditions of Ghana and West Africa.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

Understand the importance of sweet potatoes in the agricultural and economic landscape of Ghana and West Africa.

Identify the optimal growing conditions and suitable varieties for the region.

Implement effective cultivation practices to maximize yield and quality.

Manage pests and diseases using integrated pest management strategies.

Apply best practices in harvesting, curing, and storage to enhance the shelf life and marketability of sweet potatoes.

Explore opportunities for value addition and market expansion.

Target Audience

Farmers and aspiring farmers interested in sweet potato cultivation.

Agricultural extension officers and development workers.

Agribusiness entrepreneurs and investors.

Students and researchers in agriculture and related fields.

Course Modules

Module 1: Introduction to Sweet Potatoes in Ghana and West Africa

Importance of sweet potatoes

Nutritional and economic benefits

Overview of sweet potato varieties in the region

Module 2: Agronomic Practices

Climate and soil requirements

Land preparation techniques

Planting methods and spacing

Irrigation and water management

Module 3: Crop Management

Weeding and mulching practices

Fertilization strategies

Organic and chemical fertilizer application

Module 4: Pest and Disease Management

Common pests and diseases in sweet potato farming

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies

Biological and chemical control methods

Module 5: Harvesting and Post-Harvest Handling

Identifying the right time to harvest

Harvesting techniques to minimize damage

Curing process and its importance

Storage methods to extend shelf life

Join us in mastering the art and science of sweet potato farming and become a part of the agricultural transformation in Ghana and West Africa!

What will you learn?

Introduction to Potato Cultivation in West Africa: History and introduction of potato farming in Ghana and the broader West African region.

Introduction to Potato Cultivation in West Africa: History and introduction of potato farming in Ghana and the broader West African region.

Cultivation Practices: Best practices for land preparation, including plowing, harrowing, and ridging.

Pest and Disease Management: Identification and management of common pests affecting potatoes, such as aphids, nematodes, and potato tuber moths.

Harvesting and Post-Harvest Handling: Guidelines on the proper timing for harvesting potatoes to ensure optimal tuber quality and yield.

Course Content

Introduction to sweet potatoes

Potato Land Selection

Potato Land Preparation and Planting

Potato Farm Practices

Pest And Diseases