The government through the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) under the Ministry of Business Development will create 10,000 jobs through the establishment of 1,000 greenhouse projects nationwide.
The project is part of the government’s effort to create jobs for the youth and to increase food production. Three thousand people will be employed under the greenhouse project this year.
NEIP’s greenhouse, which will crease 10,000 direct jobs, 10 sustainable jobs per dome, will also create 4,000 indirect sustainable jobs through the productions of raw materials and the installation of greenhouse domes.
There will also be a transfer of skills and new technology in fruits and vegetable production and improved standards in farming and marketing of fruits and vegetables.
A greenhouse is a structure where crops such as tomatoes, green beans and sweet pepper are grown under controlled micro environment. This method is used to protect the plants from adverse climatic conditions such as cold, wind, precipitation, excessive radiation, extreme temperature as well as insects and disease.
In greenhouse technology, the environmental conditions are modified using a greenhouse so that one can grow any plant in any place at any time by providing suitable environmental conditions with less labor.
The NEIP greenhouse project is a deliberate and ambitious approach to farm fruits and vegetables in a controlled environment. It is a farm activity laced with technology, and not dependent on rain but with amazing financial rewards.
The greenhouse project has a high impact in the sustainable jobs space and there is already an off-take from several companies both local and abroad.
The NEIP greenhouse project beneficiaries will be trained for two years in its management before it will be handed over to them.
So far, greenhouse domes have been constructed at Dawhenya in the Greater Accra Region and it is the biggest in West Africa.
The NEIP is a flagship policy initiative of the Government of Ghana with the primary objective of providing an integrated national support for start-ups and small businesses.
The NEIP primarily focuses on providing business development services, start-up incubators and funding for young businesses to enable them to grow and become successful.
The NEIP is, therefore, set within the context of Ghana’s long-term strategic vision of consolidating to a middle-income status, and building an industry-driven economy capable of providing decent jobs that are suitable and sustainable for development.
Credit: Daily Graphic


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