ASSESSING THE USE OF CHEMICALS BY VEGETABLES GROWERS WITHIN THE TAMALE METROPOLIS
The study was conducted in the Tamale Metropolis to assess the use of chemicals by vegetables growers. It has come to the realization that most vegetables farmers or growers within Tamale and Ghana as whole cannot cultivate vegetables within the use of agro chemicals.
This research was conducted basically in Tamale which is an emerging Metropolis with many expatriates and almost all people from every part of the country moving to Tamale. This has brought a surge in the demand for vegetables for various uses.
Vegetables farmers or growers in order to meet the surge in demand for vegetables employ all accepted and unacceptable means to produce more vegetables. The study brings to bear the level of education, sex, socioeconomic background and farmers’ knowledge in the use of agro chemicals.
Agrochemical acquisition on the market and what most governing bodies are doing to prevent overuse of these agrochemicals and the needed training that is required for most of these vegetables farmers in order to produce vegetables of international standards.
Keywords: vegetables, edible portions, roughages, balanced diet, employment.