Farmers asked to prepare themselves for dry season farming
Farmers in the Doba area in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality in the Upper East Region say they have lost their investments to the perennial flooding caused by the Bagre Dam and want government to find a sustainable solution to the problem.
Date Created : 10/2/2018 3:50:31 AM : Story Author : Irene Danso/Ghanadistricts.com
The Farmers lost 60 acres out of over 150 acres of rice, beans, sorghum, millet and groundnuts cultivated this season.
However, Deputy Agriculture Minister in charge of annual crops, Dr. Sabre Bambangi, has urged them to prepare for the dry season farming to cover their losses.
A female farmer, Hellen Anabire, lost all her 3 acres of rice, groundnut and beans farm to the flood and wants support to revamp and to be able to take advantage of the dry season farming.
Other farmers also pleaded to the deputy agriculture minister to ask for some assistance in the form of inputs and food to sustain them as they wait to do the dry season farming to cover their losses.
The deputy minister together with the Municipal Chief Executive William A. Aduum and his entourage inspected some affected farmlands in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality to get the true picture on the ground in order to advise the sector Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto.
The farmers said they had always been limited by inadequate tractor services and also combine harvesters, especially for farmers cultivating rice.
They also called on the Ministry of Agriculture to get the banks to see the need to extend their loan facilities to farmers as large-scale farming is lucrative enough to pay back the loans given to farmers.