70 Farmers in Bole to Benefit from EDIF N/R

The District Chief Executive, Hon James Jaaga has appealed to farmers to use funds which were granted to them by Export Development and Investment Fund (EDIF), judiciously to benefit their family and the community in which they lived.  He made this statement when he met farmers in Bole who were to benefit from EDIF.

 

The District Chief Executive said agriculture in the Bole District had a lot of potential, but its development was being hampered by high cost of farm labour, lack of mechanization centres, inadequate credit facilities, high cost of farm inputs, lack of storage facilities, indiscriminate bush burning, and lack of ready market for the farm produce among many others.  

The district director of agriculture, Mr Robert Asiedu in his remarks said agriculture in the district and the country as a whole was at a low level because “we as a people had taken agriculture as a way of life, which he said was rather unfortunate. He added that, this has contributed in making agriculture unattractive to the youth”.  

Mr Robert Asiedu said it was high time we moved away from that mentality most people have that agriculture is a way of life, but rather consider agriculture as a business which should permeate the whole agriculture setup from policy level implementation to the farmer level.

He therefore appealed to the farmers who were privileged to be part of that opportunity to show a lot of commitment to make the programme a success. 

The EDIF coordinator in the northern region, Alhaji Yussifu Sulemana said Seventy (70) farmers had been identified and were being put into groups to benefit from the grant being provided by EDIF.  He said the funds were going to be used for bee keeping and poultry production in the district. 

 He called on the farmers to be committed and work hard for the programme to succeed so that other farmers could also benefit from it.

He added that the programme was meant to create jobs, improve on livelihood of farmers and their social lives within the communities. 

 

 Source: ISD (Fidelis Anipu)