By Enock Akonnor email@example.com
Amansie West District Assembly has since the implemention of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme distributed 10,000 bags of granular inorganic fertilizer and 5,024 (5024 kg) of organic liquid fertilizer to farmers within its jurisdiction.
Similarly, a total of 35,000 kg of certified seeds of cereals (maize and rice) and vegetables (onion, chilli peppers, carrot and lettuce) have been made available to farmers and cultivated on a total land area of 3,330 acres unde the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) Program.
The intervention has increased yield from 2016 baseline of 1.5mt/ha to 3.2mt/ha for maize and 1.2mt/ha to 4mt/ha for rice in 2022.
This in no doubt has enhanced food security in the district and provided more income to farmers in line with contributing to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 1&2 i.e., End Poverty and End Hunger).
The above was disclosed by the District Chief Executive for the area, Hon. Nii Lartey Ollenu, on the occasion of the 39th National Farmers’ Day celebration at Abrense on Friday, 1st December, 2023.
He underlined the success as some of the gains his jurisdiction has tapped from the program.
According to him, the patronage for the Planting for Food and Jobs programm in the district has increased tremendously, with many more farmers enrolling unto the programme each year.
“Currently, almost 20,000 farmers from the district have benefitted from the programme since its inception”.
DCE Hon. Nii Lartey Ollenu highlighted that, this year 2023 alone, 256 farmers were supported with chemicals to combat fall army worm.
This he mentioned has helped in salvaging 222 hectares of maize farm.
“Since the inception of the program, the Amansie West District has received and distributed fall army worm chemical valued at GH 130,796 to 3,249 farmers comprising 2,585 males and 665 females.
Through this, an estimated area of 2,690 hectares have been salvaged from fall army worm destruction”.
Under Planting for Export and Rural Development, the district this year distributed 80,000 oil palm seedlings to 474 farmers, covering an estimated area of 1,330 acres.
Since the inception of the programme, the Amansie West District Assembly has supplied 231,300 oil palm and 20,000 coconut seedlings to 1,188 farmers and planted on a total land area of 3,300 acres.
“Next year, we are looking forward to supply about 100,000 coconut seedlings to our farmers”.