30,000 V. Region farmers train in soil fertility management

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has supported over 30,000 farmers in the Volta Region to boost productivity and increase their income levels through its Integrated Soil Fertility Management Project.

The first phase of the project benefited farmers in the Hohoe, Jasikan and Kadjebi Districts, using maize and cowpea as the entering points.

The 40,000 dollar project would, among other things, set up model farmlands that combine the use o improved seeds and effective application of fertiliser for better farm yields.

The Country Director of AGRA, Dr. Kwasi Ampofo, said this at the launch of the AGRA-Africare Integrated Soil Fertility Management Project held at Atonkor in the Jasikan District.

According to him, the project aimed to intensify food production, and added that so far the yields had doubled in the pilot communities.   

Dr. Ampofo explained that the improved seeds used for the project were specially developed and produced high yields that are tolerant of disaster from land to land.

He said four years ago, AGRA and MOFA identified the need to invest in increasing smaller holder agricultural productivity in the Volta Region of Ghana through the transfer of integrated soil fertility management strategies and interventions to improve food security.

Madam Haizel Hasford, Project Manager of Africare noted that as a result of Africare’s success story in implementing the first phase of the integrated soil fertility management in 2014, it has realised the need to come in to assist farmers in their agricultural production.

She called on municipal and District Departments of Agriculture to collaborate with them for the sustainability of the project.

In his welcome address, Mr. Ernest Quansah, District Director of Agriculture, Jasikan District, noted that the one-stop centre project would forever remain the living testimony of all Africare’s achievements and AGRA’s impact on farmers lives.

From Kafui Gati, Atonkor

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