Source:savannanews24.com/Hamza Lansah Lolly
The Municipal Chief Executive for Savelugu, Hon Hajia Seidu Ayishetu has stated that, the Nana Addo led NPP government is focus in transforming the Ghanaian economy through modernization of agriculture in the rural areas.
According to her, government flagship programs such as the planting for food and jobs, one village one dam, one district one factory and others are all gear towards improving the livelihoods of Ghanaians through agriculture, adding that, all these initiatives are pro-poor policies aimed at taking rural communities out poverty.
Speaking at the 34th farmers held in Diare, Friday, on the theme “Agriculture: Moving Ghana Beyond Aid” , the Savelugu MCE urged farmers in the area to take advantage of the various policies of the government enhance their living standards.
She noted that the NPP Government has taken bold steps towards positioning agriculture as the engine of growth for the Ghanaian economy by introducing various polices to increase production and improve the lot of Ghanaian farmers.
The Savelugu MCE disclosed that, the government is set to roll out another policy known as ‘Rearing for Food and Jobs’ to meet the high demand for the consumption of meat locally, since majority of meat consumed in the country is imported from Europe and other neighboring countries.
Hon Hajia Ayishetu said, the free distribution of cashew seedlings to farmers is another initiative by government to encourage farmers to go into large scale cashew plantation for export, adding that, cashew is in high demand in the international market.
She urged farmers in the area to register with the Municipal Agric office to enable them benefit from the free cashew distribution, “It takes four years for you to rip the full benefits of the cashew after cultivation, you can cultivate your maize, soy beans and other crops alongside cashew to maximize your profits”. She urged the gallant farmers
The Municipal Director of Agric, noted that, the municipality is naturally endowed with a vast arable land of different soil types which support the cultivation of various crops and vegetables including, maize, rice, sorghum, millet, groundnuts, cowpea, soy bean, casssava and yam.
He announced that, the Municipality is one the few selected MMDAs with a pilot finger print biometric verification registration of farmers, “I want to urged all farmers to take advantage of the facility by registering with our Agric extension agents who are currently registering farmers for the 2019 cropping season planting for food and jobs”.
Many farmers within the Municipality presented different kinds of farm crops, livestock and many agricultural products for exhibition to demonstrate development in the Agriculture sector.
Ten (10) distinguished farmers were awarded for the hard work this year including, the Municipal Best farmer Alhaji Mahamadu Fuseini Dobegu, 1st runner up Fuseini Sualisu, 2nd runner up Madam Gurunpaga Abdul Rahaman, Municipal Best crop farmer Iddrisu Zakaria, Best Agro-forestry farmer Alhaji Yahaya Yussif, Municipal Best Livestock farmer, Issahaku Yakubu, Municipal Best fisherman Alhassan Mohammed, Best Physically Challenged Abdul Rahaman Abdulai, Best Agric Extension Agent Alhassan Abukari and Best Shea nuts picker Salamatu Seidu.