The Damongo Agricultural College, a tertiary institution in the West Gonja District has launched its annual SRC week celebration themed, “Agricultural Education- A route to success”.
Damongo Agricultural College was first established in the year 1963 by three Governments; the Canadian Government, Ghana government and the German government.
In retrospect, the school was called Damongo Farm Institute and it was started with eleven (11) male students. They offered courses such as, Maths, English, Farm Mechanisation and animal husbandry. The purpose was to train farmers and equip them with farm equipment for farming in order to improve food production in the region.
However, prior to the establishment, in the year 1953, there was a policy to involved all interested farmers in the three Northern Region to have a group farming at Damongo in the West Gonja District, the initiation was therefore change to training the farmers to become Field Officers.
In 1995, the name of the institute was change to Damongo Agricultural College and the school was however fully managed by the Ghana government. The Institute currently have a population of 169 students. The courses offered includes, General Agriculture, which entails, Aqua-culture, Agri-business, Genetic and Animal breeding and also rabbit rearing and bee keeping.
At the occasion, the West Gonja District Chief Executive, Hon. Adam Mutawakilu, in his address, expressed his profound gratitude to both the administration and the students of the Institute for their success chalked in the previous years.
He explained that, agricultural success is the heart of the nation; therefore, both the old boys and the students should make sure they put their studies into practice since their work is more practically based.
Hon. Mutawakilu, stated that, for agriculture production to be successful in the district, there must be a good road. However, government have already awarded the 65km Fufluso- Damongo- Sawla road to be constructed.
He said, the contractors are putting up the various logistics to start physical work, and the other ancillary work attached to the road includes, construction of classroom block and 14 mechanised boreholes among others. The west Gonja hospital accident unit will also be well equipped.
Moreover, Mr Ebenezer Tawiah the Principal of the College advised students to take their studies serious and must make sure they take advantage of agricultural opportunity wherever they found themselves.
He also exclaimed about the number of applicants they admit every year, explaining that, the college administration admits only few applicants because of inadequate infrastructure and accommodation. He therefore pleaded to the government to renovate the whole school facilities in order to pave way for more applicants who want to be educated in the agricultural sector.
He therefore pleaded with the government to come to their aid.
Finally, Mr Charles Boateng the SRC President, in his speech, highlighted on the theme for the celebration. He said the celebration seeks to educate the general public in the district on agricultural production by hosting radio programs and also organising talk shows from specialist in the agricultural sector.
He also revealed that, the environmental condition under which their food was being prepared is very alarming. He said on February 24th 2012, the college kitchen collapsed; as a result the workers now prepare the meals in an open environment exposing the food to danger. He therefore appealed to the government and other organisations to come to their aid.
The College SRC is embarking on the cultivating of 3 acres of land for cowpea, maize and soya beans production, in order to generate income to solve some of their challenges like purchasing of siren and DSTV for the school.