Gov’t urged to support small-holder farmers

Tea growing in Southern India, Asia.The government has been  urged to take the necessary steps to support small-holder farmers in the country with the modern tools and inputs.

Mr. Nelson Adanuti, the Project Manager of Diamond FM/Star Ghana Advocacy project who stated this, emphasised that the only way to attract the youth into farming was to provide the farmers with the required inputs and equipment.

He argued that for the government to succeed in its campaign for the consumption of locally produced food there was the need to give the needed support to farmers to produce on a large scale.

Mr. Adanuti said this in Tamale at the launch of an Alternative Policy Document which is to serve as a guide to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) in the areas of planning and programming.

He also called on MOFA to pay special attention to women farmers and other vulnerable groups engaged in farming.

“For us one category of farmers that have often being left out though they play a key role in feeding us are women, persons living with disabilities and aged farmers,” the project manager stated.

Mr. Adanuti was very optimistic that a little support to the vulnerable groups such as women and disabled persons engaged in farming would increase food production in the country and more specifically reduce poverty in the Northern Region.

The Project Manager also entreated the extension officers to intensify education of farmers on new technologies, attributing decrease in food production to lack of knowledge on modern farming techniques.

Mr. Iddirisu Abdul-Rashid, General Manager of Diamond FM, on his part pledged to use the radio station to promote agriculture by empowering small-holder farmers in the area with modern and appropriate technology.

Madam Rabi Adam, a farmer in the Tamale metropolis, on her part commended the Diamond FM for championing the right of rural women in the region.

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