Dr Francis Ndamani, the Sissala East Municipal Director of Agriculture has advised farmers along river banks to make effective use of dams and dugouts during the dry season for crop production.
Dr Dramani said this during the 2021 farmers’ day celebration held in Tumu.
According to him, the 2021 production season witnessed erratic rainfall with delayed rains whilst the vegetative stage of most crops, torrential rains were experienced, which also stopped abruptly and later adversely affected late planting and the fertilizer application of early crops.
He noted that the fertilizer shortage at some stages of the production season this year will certainly affect crop yields, adding that the department was still analysing data from yield studies to provide accurate scientific yield figures for this reason.
He said it was for this reason that he needed to use every opportunity to advise farmers who had access to dams and dugouts to use them judiciously for dry season crop production.
He said under the 2021 production season, the department implemented three key agricultural interventions including the Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG), the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), and the Sustainable Land and Water Management Project (SLWMP).
“In the Planting for food and jobs programme, only 8,281 farmers accessed the subsidized fertilizer this year out of which the municipality received 25kg bags of 940,380”, he said.
On animals, he said some 500 cattle, 498 sheep, and 357 goats were vaccinated against livestock diseases.
He cautioned the people against climate change and that they must desist from cutting down trees and bush burning.
In all, 27 farmers received several awards raging from Certificates, wellington boots knapsack sprayers bicycles, cutlasses, and bars of soap whilst others received refrigerators and television sets.
The best female farmer Madam Tommie Samawu took home a refrigerator with the Municipal overall Best farmer, Mr Dakui George from Welembelle taking away a tricycle (Motor King).