Ghana has taken delivery of 50 double cabin pick-up vehicles to help officials get out among farmers throughout the country.
The cars were provided thr-ough Canada’s Modernising Agri-culture in Ghana programme.
They will enable inspectors and advisors to promote good farming practices on the ground.
Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Minister of Food and Agriculture in Ghana, is also proposing to employ an additional 2,700 agriculture extension officers to offer advice to farmers across the country.
The minister said he would be pressing the case for the additional help with his government colleagues after realising that of the current 1,600 extension officers employed, more than half are due for retirement.
“This year I will push to Cabinet to ensure that additional 2,700 officers were recruited so they could cater for the needs of farmers across the country,’’ said Dr Akoto.
The minister, meanwhile, has
been congratulated on his reappointment to his role by the chiefs and farmers of Tongu in the Volta region of Ghana.
Paramount Chief of Tefle Traditional Area and the Pre-sident of the Tongu Council of Chiefs also praised the efforts of the minister to promote the sector.
Togbe Dugbaza VIII told Dr Akoto: “The government brought in Planting for Food and Jobs, an agenda which is in the right direction and adored by us and our subjects.
“We have always been happy with the way you and your government have used Planting for Food and Jobs to transform the agriculture in Ghana.”
Togbe expressed his faith in the abilities of both the minister and his department to further develop the agricultural sector.
In his response, Dr Akoto thanked the chiefs, queen mothers and farmers for their visit to his office.
Noting that the expense of using electricity to irrigate farms was holding back expansion, he vowed to provide green energy, in the form of solar power, to ease the problem.
“The valleys of Volta region can supply the whole of Ghana with our rice yet they don’t have the implements to take out the stumps so they can mechanise the activities, including the planting, sowing of the rice seeds, the harvesting, and the milling of the rice,” the minister said.
“We are very much aware of these difficulties and the government is determined that in the coming four years we
will assist you any way possible to make sure that we remove these constraints so that farm-ing can prosper in the Volta region.”
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