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Farmers urged to visit agricultural offices to enhance their knowledge

Akim Oda (E/R), July 30, GNA – Mr Prosper Klu,
the Birim Central Municipal Agriculture Extension Officer, has called on
farmers to regularly visit local agricultural offices for suggestions on
improved farming practices to help grow their businesses.

He said improved technologies and innovations
would be shared for farmers to overcome challenges in agriculture.

Mr Klu said this at a meeting held by the
Research Extension Farmers Linkage Committee (REFLC) of the Department of
Agriculture at Akim Oda in the Birim Central Municipality of the Eastern
Region.

The meeting, which was organised by REFLC, was
to find solutions to constraints being faced by farmers in the Birim Central
Municipality.

The members of committee comprised of
representatives from the Eastern Regional Department of Agriculture, assembly
staff, farmers, agricultural input dealers and the media.

Mr Francis Ahiamatah, Officer of the
Management Information Service of the Birim Central Municipal Agriculture
Department, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the farmers have
been put in six groups.

He said they are livestock and poultry, tree crops,
root and tubers, cereals and legumes, vegetables, cross cutting and emerging
issues.

Mr Ahiamatah said the constraints identified
by the committee were poor management and wrongful application of agricultural
chemicals and would be addressed by REFLC.

Madam Hajia Abiba Yusifu, an officer at the
Eastern Regional Department of Agriculture, said the committee was formed by
the Ministry of Food and Agriculture together with the Council for Scientific
and Industrial Research to help identify farmer, value-chain and industry
constraints for discussion in the planning sessions at the district and
regional levels.

GNA

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