Banana farming is the most neglected farming in Ghana.
Yet, holds more promises and profit potential than most
Knowledge is power and useful, but when it
is kept away from the others it becomes useless!
post we want to take a look at plantain and banana farming
in Ghana and how to get started.
You can be making $3000 monthly from plantain and
banana farming if you take it to commercial standard.
people in Ghana today could sit down and review their
living standards, they would realize that most of their
complaints for poverty and their inability to take care of
their situations were actually their own making.
Why would the city be clustered with hungry people who
are doing nothing when the surrounding states are made up
of vast expanses of productive farmlands ?
people prefer to suffer even when they can make millions
from farming without stress ?
Take up banana farming today
and see how much you will be making in the next two
Market Value For Plantain And Banana
Take plantain for example, Ghanaian don’t joke with plantain
as they prefer to eat it in various ways both ripped and
Plantain is very good for the body too as it work on
the body sugar levels.
Other food like beans, rice, and groundnuts all make very
good combination when taken with banana or plantain.
Think again about the delicious chips that we like to eat, all
these and many more are the end products of plantain.
So without going into much details, looking at various
usages of these fruits is enough to tell you the profit
potential in this business.
For people with entrepreneurial
mindset, that is simply money in bunches!
You may be new into farming or has been farming but
hasn’t cared enough to consider banana and plantain as all
But with the above brief analysis, we are encouraging you
to give it a trial, with the assurance that if done properly,
you will not regret it.
For those interested in plantain/banana cultivation, we will
be glad to provide you with just enough knowledge needed
to go into its farming and take part of the profits that those
already in the business are enjoying.
Guidelines For Starting Banana Farming in
Hear what a man said with regards to Banana farming in
Ghana: “I was shocked to realize that I was largely to
blame for the poverty I was wallowing in. Since I started
plantain and banana farming, things have turned around for
good for me and my family.”
HOW TO GET STARTED
1. Look For The Right Climate
Plantain and banana have one thing in common and that is,
they thrives very well in an average climate that is neither
too hot nor very cold.
They do well in naturally fertilized
soil or thick compost manure.
Having them in groups is
another tricks to getting good harvest because they protect
each other from harsh rays of the sun.
Alternatively, if there are other trees to provide needed
shades that could help to maintain the humidity of the
environment, that would suffice.
2. Get Healthy Suckers
Bananas and Plantain are not grown like other plants.
are grown through suckers and as such, choosing healthy
suckers goes a long way to producing healthy harvests.
Always use suckers from matured and dying plantain or
While transplanting, make sure that the corm or the roots at
the bottom is trimmed properly to facilitate good growths.
Give five meters gap between plants and keep the plants
moist at the early days.
Do not over wet the soil because
the leaves are not yet out for much water evaporation.
4. Maintain The Banana Farm
Apply any method to have it protected from strong winds.
Throwing the dead plantain leaves back into the plantation
is good to sustain the needed manure for good growth.
Do not leave much suckers to be attached with a plant as
two are usually enough.
Cultivating plantain or banana
doesn’t usually cost much except the initial capital to
secure the land and plant the suckers after which the plants
keeps growing unassisted.
Once it starts to produce, another form of work involved is
to make sure that strong winds doesn’t get freely into the
plantation as that could lead to the falling of the banana
5. Cost of Starting a Banana Farming
Starting a plantain or banana farm is not in any way
expensive if you have a sizable land.
The only thing that
you would spend little money on is the clearing of the
farmland and buying of the suckers for planting.
Once a plantain plantation picks up, the owner stands the
chance of continuous harvest for the next 20-years or more
depending on how the farm is maintained.
6. Recommended Species
The best breeds to go for is the ‘hybrid/agbagba’ species.
This is a good specie because apart from producing on
time when properly taken care of, its usually very big and
long, making people to compare it with elephant trunks.
Maintaining the plants doesn’t entail more than heaping
soil around the suckers, removing of the unwanted suckers,
fertilization, mulching and weeding once in a while.
Starting a banana or plantain farming is very lucrative
because any amount you realized in the first harvest, be
sure that with less hard work, you will have an increase the
You will be making an increment year by year
till the next 20 years or there about.
Though the business is lucrative, here is the advice from
long time farmers, ‘The size of your farm should depend on
the size of your dream, creativity, and innovation.
taking on too much than you can be able to handle
financially and in terms of personnel’.
modern farming practices, seeds and technology, be
passionate about what you do and give your plantain and
banana farming additional time’.