With the emergence of a new variant of the COVID-19; the omicron, farmers have been urged to reach the agriculture extension agents though electronic agriculture (E-agriculture).
E-agriculture focuses on the enhancement of agricultural and rural development through improved information and communication technology (ICT) processes.
More specifically, electronic agriculture involves the conceptualization, design, development, evaluation and adaptation of innovative ways to use ICT.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Senpoameensa in the Eastern Region, Mr Isaac Apau-Gyasi, the New Juaben South Municipal Chief Executive, said farmers in the municipality had shown understanding of the importance of using electronic platforms to connect agriculture officials in their farming activities.
That, he said, had helped those who used the platform to increase yield this year compared to last year.
In 2020 about 6,210 farmers used the platform but the figure jumped to about 7,850 in 2021.
Aside the E-agriculture intervention, Mr Apau-Gyasi said the Planting for Export and Rural Development had improved the livelihood of the people.
The initiative brought about the distribution of 15,000 palm tree seedlings to over 150 farmers as well as 100 pigs.
He tasked the beneficiaries to adopt good farming practices to make the best of the support to extend the proceeds to those who did not benefit from it this year.
Mr Michael Okyere Baafi, the Member of Parliament for New Juaben South and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, said the government introduced the One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative to promote the export of processed local goods.
He said farmers should involve themselves in processing raw food materials to achieve the set objectives.
The 1D1F was introduced by government in 2018 to change the nature of Ghana’s economy from one of import dependency to the export of raw materials, focusing on manufacturing, value addition and export of processed foods.