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The Upper East Regional Information Officer (RIO) Mr Nelson Ayamga Mba, has announced that the Information Services Department (ISD) has commenced a 20-day public awareness campaign in aid of the Ghana Census of Agriculture.


Mr Mba made the announcement at a durbar with farmers and other stakeholders held in Nyariga, a suburb of the Bolgatanga Municipality. He said further that the Department started field announcement on 30th April, 2018 across the region and that, the exercise was in its seventh day, adding that the announcement mainly disseminate to the public, the information that would be collected during the census. These include information on crop production, livestock rearing, tree planting, fish rearing and fish capture as well as information on any other Agric-related activities.


According to the RIO, the Nyariga durbar was to allow the team of ISD officers to have a close interface with the farmers so that they could explain to them the essence of the census of agriculture and why it was important for all households to get involved and get counted.


Mr Mba said the awareness campaigns were targeted at all persons involved in the agriculture value chain and not just only farmers. He disclosed that he had deployed all the Cinema Vans at his disposal for the job while house-to-house visits and the use of other platforms such as community durbars, assembly meetings and other gatherings were used to spread the message of the census.


He said some reactions from the farmers indicated that though government sent out farm inputs last year, many of them couldn’t secure them for their farming activities. He therefore advised the farmers to register with the appropriate agencies while appealing to the leadership of farmer groups to ensure an even distribution in the next round of supplies that government would provide.


A Deputy Director at the ISD Headquarters, Madam Ethel Codjoe Amissah, who was in the region to monitor the public awareness campaigns, expressed satisfaction with the exercise so far. She indicated that the main objective of the census of agriculture was to provide reliable agriculture information for planning purposes as well as for effective implementation of programmes.


Madam Amissah noted that the media was a critical partner in the successful conduct of the census. She also said the ISD directorate expected regular updates on the exercise from the Regional Officer based on reports coming in from his district officers. She said that the census was supposed to be conducted every 10 years and that a lot of time had elapsed since the last census. She stressed that this census was therefore necessary because, the last census of agric that Ghana undertook was well over 35 years old and that its data was too obsolete.


Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)