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More than 17,000 farmers subscribe to PFJs in UWR

By
Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA
   

Wa, July 23, GNA – A
total of 17,063 smallholder farmers have subscribed to the Government’s
Planting for Food and Jobs (PF
Js) programme in the Upper West Region.

The figure fell short
of the project target of 20,000 farmers for the region, but Mr Hudu Abu, the
Upper West Regional Crops Officer of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture
(MoFA), said the figure excluded some names that were submitted directly to
Isoko.

“If you add those
names to the 17,063, I’m sure we will be hitting the 20,000 target for the
region,” he said.

Mr Abu, who was
speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the progress of the programme in the
region, said the region had received adequate seeds of sorghum, soya bean and
rice but with a bit of deficit supply in maize.

He said as of July 14,
10,095 farmers had been served with inputs such as fertilizer and seeds, noting
that for the fertilizer distribution; Nandom District received 1,300 bags,
Lawra 1,146 bags, Lambussie 376 and Jirapa 616.

The rest are
Nadowli-Kaleo 685 bags, Daffiama-Bussie-Issa 774, Sissala West 1,006, Sissala
East 1,647, Wa Municipal 1,759, and Wa West 476 bags.

“All districts have
received both NPK and Sulphate of Amonia and Urea in their required
quantities”, he said.

Mr. Abu said the total
number of hectares cultivated for each of the crops in the region stood at
43,215.3 hectares of maize, 1,437 hectares of soya bean, 1,819 hectares of
sorghum and 1,018 hectares of rice.

On the menace of the
army worm, Mr Abu said it was a threat to the “Planting for Food and Jobs”
programme because it affected over 80 plant species which included the targeted
crops for the programme.

He said it was in this
direction that the Minister of Food and Agriculture directed the purchase of
the insecticide to be distributed to farmers free of charge to control the
worm.

Mr Abu said 11
districts in the region had been given 10 cartons of the insecticide to fight
the spread of the worm.

He said the little
challenge, however, was inadequate staff to do the spraying in all affected
communities and that MoFA would train spraying gangs to assist communities
where no MoFA staff was present to do the spraying.

Mr Emmanuel Sasu
Yeaboah, the Upper West Regional Director of MoFA, said farmers must keep an
eagle eye on the various seed farms in the region to prevent them from any
attack from the army worm.

He said this was
important because those seed farms would be supplying them with seeds for the
next planting season.

GNA

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