Upper West expecting bumper harvest

By
Sambiru Duut Elijah, GNA

Moyiri, (UWR), Sept
29, GNA – The Upper West Regional Director of Agriculture is projecting a
bumper harvest this year after 94,000 farmers registered for the Planting for
Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme, an initiative by government to boost food
production.

Mr Sasu Yeboah said
there was going to be increased food production in the area.

This was when he
together with Regional Minister, Alhaji Sulemana Alhanssan, visited a 25-acre
maize farm at Moyiri in the Dafiama-Busie-Issa (DBI) District to monitor the
PFJ programme.

He said the PFJs crops
were doing far better this year than the previous years and so “the region is
expecting a bumper harvest”.

About 230,000 acres of
farms had been captured under the PFJ policy and he called on farmers, who were
yet to register with the programme to do so to raise food production.

The team later
inspected work on an ongoing Buffer Stock at Busie under the One District One
Factory policy.

Mr. Nadi Imoro Sanda,
the District Chief Executive, said in line with the government’s drive to
modernize agriculture, the district had intensified advocacy and educational
campaign to help more farmers embrace interventions like PFJ.

A total of 1,117
farmers in the district, benefited from the PFJ last year, and for this year,
the number of beneficiary farmers had shot up to 3,700.

He advised the youth
to take advantage of the programme to better their lives.

Mr Sanda said the
Buffer Stock – a storage facility would help to prevent post-harvest losses.

Some of the PFJ
beneficiaries could not hide their joy and applauded the government for the
programme.

They spoke of their
determination to expand their farms in the next planting season and pleaded
with the government to always make fertilizers and other farm inputs available
to facilitate farming activities.

GNA

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