The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), through the Export Trade Agricultural and Industrial Fund (EDAIF) and under the Quality Rice Seed Program, has supported 12,342 rice farmers and established 90 System of Rice Intensification (SRI) demonstrations nationwide.

MoFA, in collaboration with the Council for Scientific Research (CSIR) and under the Seed Development and Promotion Initiative has also developed high-yielding varieties of millet, maize, cassava and rice, and rehabilitated five Agriculture stations for seed multiplication and as technology dissemination centres to train farmers.

The Minister for Food and Agriculture, Mohammed Muniru Limuna, who made these known when he took his turn at the Meet-the-Press series held in Accra, yesterday, said support for the farmers was in the form of agro-inputs such as certified seeds, fertilizers, weedicides and jute sacks.

Hon. Limuna disclosed that 141 varieties of 12 different genera had been registered into the National list in 2015, 25 released varieties of crops genera registered in the ECOWAS catalogue and three Agricultural stations, located in Wenchi, Babile and Kpeve, had been rehabilitated and transformed into Technology Transfer Centres.

Under the Tree Crops Promotion and Development Initiative, the Minister said, a total of 220,267 cashew grafts had been produced from the two central nurseries located at Wenchi and Bole while private nurseries had been established for sale to farmers in more than 25 districts across the country.

He said the Ministry continued to encourage the promotion and development of tree crops over the years as a strategy to diversify exports, adding that a total of 1,907 cashew farmers in 60 communities in four Districts, namely Biakoye, Krachi East, Nkwanta South and North, had been trained in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) in the Eastern Corridor.

In addition, he said, a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop had also been organized for a total of 60 Agricultural Extension officers.

Touching on the Livestock sub-sector, Hon. Limuna disclosed that the Ministry had facilitated the production and processing of 1,000 metric tonnes of chicken as a pilot project under the Ghana Broiler Revitalization Project, an initiative put in place to reduce the importation of chicken.

In addition, he said, a total of 320 female and youth farmers had also been trained and supported with 1,600 guinea fowls as start-up stock to increase guinea fowl production in the three northern regions and improve hatchability in guinea fowl production.

He added that forty farmers in the three northern regions had also been trained and equipped with 40 incubators and 40 electric generators to serve as nucleus farmers for supply of keets to other farmers.

Hon. Limuna disclosed that the Ministry had embarked on an aggressive programme to improve village poultry by implementing the Sustainable Control of Newcastle Disease using thermostable ND-I2 vaccine, adding that a total of 7,848 community vaccinators in the three regions of the north and parts of the Brong Ahafo region had been trained on how to administer the ND-I2 vaccine.

Ghana, he said, had also supplied a cumulative total of 5.24 million doses of the vaccine to other West African countries, namely Niger, which received 3.84 million doses, and Gambia, which was supplied with 700,000 doses as of November 2014.


Source: ISD (Doris Sodjah & Naa Palm)


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