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Cocoyam Programme

Cocoyam is an important crop in many parts of the world, mainly for smallholder farmers. The crop plays a major role in the lives of many as a food security crop. The mean annual production growth rate has declined by 3.4 % since 2005.  Decline in productivity could be attributed to lack of improved varieties in the farming system. Broad activities planned to generate improved Cocoyam varieties include the development of new varieties with high yielding, tolerance to pest and diseases and have high quality traits that are acceptable to farmers.  The development of new varieties requires the establishment of crossing blocks for genetic variability in Taro (Colocasia esculenta) development. In collaboration with the International Network of Edible Aroids (INEA) a crossing block of 14 local and 11 exotic Taro was established at Nobewam.

Activities

  • Determine optimal fertilizer rates for the 3 released cocoyam varieties
  • Determine correct harvesting periods for increased productivity of early maturing cocoyam varieties
  • Determine the optimal stand density within taro systems for effective weed control and increased yields
  • Determine optimal fertilizer rates for increased taro productivity
  • Develop a low technology for rapid multiplication of taro crop.
  • Conduct trials to determine the effects of rotation with legumes on yield of cocoyam (Researcher-farmer managed).

 

KEY ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS


  • Development of new varieties – Xanthosoma and Colocassia species with high yielding, tolerance to pest and diseases and have high quality traits that are acceptable to farmers. – Dr. Ernest Baafi
  • Produce the 3 newly released cocoyam planting material for distribution - Dr. Ernest Baafi
  • Developing strategies for integrated weed, pest and disease management for increased cocoyam productivity.- Mr. Seth O. Ekyem / Amoabeng Blankson
  • Conduct cocoyam value chain analysis – Dr. Patricia Acheampong
  • Determining optimal fertilizer rates for the 3 released cocoyam varieties - Dr. Regina Sagoe
  • Determining correct harvesting periods for increased productivity of early maturing cocoyam varieties Dr. Regina Sagoe
  • Determining the optimal stand density within taro cropping systems for effective weed control and increased yields - Dr. Regina Sagoe
  • Determining optimal fertilizer rates for increased taro productivity - Dr. Regina Sagoe
  • Developing low technology for rapid multiplication of taro planting material – Dr. Regina Sagoe
  • Rotational effect of legumes on cocoyam yields.- Mr. P. Osei Bonsu

Useful Information

The WAAPP Coordination Unit in Ghana is the Projects Division of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) whilst the implementing agency is the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The structures put in place to govern and manage the WAAPP in Ghana are the National Steering Committee as well as the NCOS Management Committee and the Competitive Agricultural Research Grant Scheme (CARGS) Board as the Implementing agency.