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A/R: Gov’t Supplies 7,500 Bags Of Fertilizer To Amansie West Farmers

Government has so far distributed 7,500 bags of fertilizer at a value of GH 327,900 to farmers within the Amansie West District of Ashanti region as a package under the much trumpeted Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) Policy; DCE Hon Nii Larteh Ollenu has disclosed.

As a top up to the preceding, over  7,100 bags of subsidized certified seeds of cereals (maize and rice) and vegetables (onions, chili pepper, carrots and lettuces) were given to farmers in the district in the 2020/2021 cropping seasons.

Available reports also indicate that the supply of fertilizer and improved seeds have doubled yields as compared to the figure in 2016.
Making a public pronouncement of the litany of support earned by farmers within the district under the PFJ at the just ended 37th farmers’ Day celebration at Moseaso, Hon Ollenu highlighted that 1,144 farmers whose farms were severely affected by fall army worm were supplied with Agro Chemicals so as to salvage their farms.

“This has increased their yields and improved their incomes”, he noted.
Under Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme, he brought to light that the district assembly under his administration has supplied 40,000 oil palm and 20,000 coconut seedlings to about 737 farmers across the district in 2020/2021 cropping season.

He added that the district assembly has aimed at dispensing additional 40,000 coconut seedlings in the coming year.

Reflecting on the list of challenges which almost eclipsed the attainment of the aforementioned milestone achievement, he urged stakeholders in the Agricultural sector to sustain and consolidate the gains made over the years.

He admonished them to strive to remain resolute and demonstrate purposefulness “so that we can collectively bring the desired development to our people.”

FARMERS’ DAY EVENT

At the event, 66 years old Patrick Yaw Nkrumah of Banko community was named the overall District Best Farmer for year 2021.

He received tricycle (aboboyaa), deep freezer, standing fan, 4 cutlasses, 1 full piece of cloth, 1 high pressure knapsack spraying machine, 2 wellington boots, 2 bottle of organic fertilizer, 1 gallon of confidence insecticide, 2 bottles of herbicides, 1 hand sanitizer, a certificate and a rosette.

The first runner up was named as Obour Gyau of Brofoyedru community.

The 63-year old farmer received a motorbike, table top fridge, standing fan, 4 cutlasses, 1 full piece of cloth, 1 high pressure knapsack spraying machine, 2 wellington boots, 2 bottles of organic fertilizer, among others.

Consolidation awards were also given to farm groups located within the district.

Source; www.leakynews.net

 

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