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Bongo District receives 14,356 bags of fertilizer under PFJ

By
Godfred Polkuu, GNA

Bongo (U/E) Aug. 23,
GNA – The Bongo District Assembly has received a total of 14,356 bags of
fertilizer as part of government’s flagship programme to boost the agricultural
sector under the “Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ)” programme.

The District
registered a total of 4,321 farmers comprising 3,319 males and 1,002 females
under the programme and 1,527 of them have taken delivery of their share of the
fertilizer and seeds.

Mr Peter Ayamga
Ayinbisa, the Bongo District Chief Executive (DCE), said this at the District’s
Town Hall meeting aimed at creating a platform for continuous interaction
between the government and communities in the District.

He said the
registration was done without political considerations “we want to ensure that
only persons who are genuine farmers really benefit from this laudable
intervention.”        

Giving the breakdown
of the fertilizers, the DCE said “we received 8,810 bags of NPK fertilizer, 4,130
bags of Sulphate of Ammonia, Urea 1,385 and Yara Legume 31bags.”

He said the package
also included assorted high-yielding seeds, and further gave the breakdown as
follows; 200 bags of maize, 21 bags of soya beans, 205 bags of rice seed, 150
and 140 sachets of pepper and tomatoes respectively.

Mr Ayinbisa said
smugglers and other saboteurs of state have begun diverting some fertilizer
consignments meant for the implementation of the programme.

The DCE said the Fall
Armyworms has not spared the District but are currently under control as 568
hectares of affected farms were sprayed with chemicals to kill the worms and
called for support and technical expertise to completely solve the canker.

Mr Ayinbisa said the
District would apply some funds under the government’s “one million US Dollars
per constituency” pledge, when it is made available, into the construction of
new dams and undertake the dredging and rehabilitation of existing ones at
Bongo, Adaboya, Kabre, Aboligo,Dua, Apatanga, Bungo and Apuwongo.

“Let me add that the
construction of some of these dams will come directly under the ‘One Village,
One Dam’ initiative of government.”

Mr Rockson Ayine
Bukari, the Upper East Regional Minister, said the meeting afforded government
the opportunity to share with the citizenry the efforts it was making to deal
with their needs and concerns.

The Minister said it
was also an occasion to explain government policies and get feedback from
citizens on their assessment of its performance.

The meeting was
chaired by Naba Salifu Alemyaarum, chief of the Bongo Traditional Area, and it
brought together Heads of Departments, the clergy, chiefs, political party
representatives, assembly members and some members of the public.

GNA

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