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Most farmers in Ghana are smallholders; around 90% of farm holdings are less than two hectares in size, although there are some large farms and plantations, most of which grow rubber, oil palm and coconut. There is little mechanised farming in the country. Crop production varies according to rainfall, soil factors and the prevalence of plant pests and diseases.

The first plant clinics were launched in Ghana in 2012, in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions. Farmers consulted plant doctors on 14 crops, with around a third of their queries around problems with cocoa and eggplant. Operations have since been scaled up to the country’s northern and eastern regions.

Knowledge Bank page for Ghana

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