DOPAL

Dopal is a Regenerative and Climate Smart farm that eliminates chemical fertilizers and pesticides application by replacing such external inputs with locally made natural concoction like cow dung, cow urine, flour of pulse, jiggery, neem leaves and seeds, garlic, chillies.

Dopal harmlessly integrates human activities into the natural environment in order to protect the climate, promote food security, promote biodiversity, sustain and produce safe and healthy food crops.

Located in Aburi –Dumpong in the Eastern Region of Ghana, the farm seeks to solve the unsustainable farming practices and interventions on crop production which places too much emphasis on high yields, and too little focus on the production of safe and healthy foods which reduce health risk and help sustain farm lands for future generations.

Some of these unsustainable farming practices, such as excessive use of agricultural chemicals, are not only harmful to human health, but also poisonous to wildlife and pollinators, polluting land, rivers and destroying important soil microorganisms.

By using the Indian 5 Layer model method of farming, we grow more than 15 crops in proximity on the same parcel of land. Crops such as plantain, chillies, banana, mango, maize, sour-sop, guava, custard apple, moringa, turmeric, ginger, onion, pawpaw, marigold, water melon, yam, pigeon pea, beans etc are planted in proximity in a particular roll and trench.

These crops grow gradually to become a food forest and gives a farmer the opportunity to harvest crops continuously without going through series of land preparation.

The systematic way of growing crops on the farm allows the crops to support each other with nutrients, control pest and maximizing use of space. This method of farming also helps to increase pollination, increase productivity and taste of crops, serve as a habitat for beneficial creatures, protect the climate, promote biodiversity, restore degraded soil, improve fertility of drought – prone land and improve water retention capacity of soil

Guzakuza-Dopal as a farm project is augmenting efforts to achieve food security and attaining UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 1 (end poverty in all forms everywhere), SDG 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture), SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 13 (climate action).

Guzakuza-Dopal Farm for the last 3 years has a hub for students from the Agriculture Department of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to be trained in growing crops without chemicals.

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