Kumasi City Mayor Hon Sam Pyne has announced that farmers within the metropolis have benefited immensely from the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) and the
Fertilizer Subsidy Programme.
The assembly he indicated has also made some significant strides to consolidate the local food system through extensive collaboration with various players including market queens, researchers and academia.
Making the foregoing disclosure at the 37th National Farmers’ Day celebration, he underlined that a total of 1,869 farmers have benefited from various trainings undertaken by the Metropolitan Agric Department.
Among them are, the introduction and promotion of new technologies through field demonstration and seminars.
He gave details that despite initial setbacks in accessing subsidized inputs under the Planting for Food and Jobs program, 523 crop farmers were assisted to access about 10 tons of seed maize, 250 tons of various formulations of NPK and 170 tons of Urea.
“Additionally, over 650 tons of maize have been produced this season. We have also introduced and promoted three new varieties of taro popularly known in our local parlance as “kooko”. They are “Adehye”, “ Agyenkwa” and “Yennyawoa”. In this regard, the Amanfrom camp prison was gracious to assist with 5 acres of marshland for the multiplication of the new varities. So far more than 10000 cornels have been distributed to about 300 farmers in Kumasi and surrounding districts at no cost to the beneficiaries.”
Hon Sam Pyne stated in his address that the assembly’s major challenge in agriculture continues to be the rapid loss of agrarian lands to physical development.
He indicated that the assembly is therefore actively promoting the cultivation of vegetables and other crops in containers and backyards as a way of mitigating the effect of the loss of cultivable land.
“In this direction, 250 urban dwellers across the metropolis have received training to that effect this year. I urge all and sundry to take up backyard and container farming as a hobby and complement to your family’s nutritional needs. This will reduce your expenditure as well as guarantee the source of your vegetables and condiments.
At the event, awards were given to best performing farmers and fishers for year 2021.
They were presented with various prices ranging from tricycles, machetes, spring machines, wellington boots, bars of soap, wax prints, certificates among others.
KMA’s version was held at Sokoban. 62-year old Andrews Amankwaah from Amanfrom was adjudged the best farmer for the Kumasi Metropolis.
He took home a tricycle popularly known as “aboboyaa”, mattress, machetes, knapsack spraying machine, wellington boots, bars of soap, wax print and a certificate.