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Northern farmers embrace government’s flagship agriculture programme


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By
Rashid Mbugri, GNA     

Tamale, Aug.6, GNA –
The Northern Regional Farmers Association, has expressed gratitude to the
government for the package to facilitate the Planting for Food and Jobs
programme.

At a press conference
in Tamale over the weekend, Mr Mohammed Adam Nashiru, the Chairman of the
Association said through the programme farmers were likely to incre

By
Rashid Mbugri, GNA
     

Tamale, Aug.6, GNA –
The Northern Regional Farmers Association, has expressed gratitude to the
government for the package to facilitate the Planting for Food and Jobs
programme.

At a press conference
in Tamale over the weekend, Mr Mohammed Adam Nashiru, the Chairman of the
Association said through the programme farmers were likely to increase the
crops yield.

He said the provision
of storage facilities would also improve upon the marketing of their produce.

He said the programme
would transform agriculture in the north from subsistence farming into
commercial venture to attract the youth into the field.

Mr Nashiru said the
government’s effort to expand and increase the Agricultural Mechanisation
Centre (AMSEC) throughout the country would enable small scale farmers who
could not afford to buy agricultural equipment to hire them at the designated
points.

He, however, called
for a collective effort from all citizens to help the government in the fight
against the menace of the fall army worm, which was a disaster to the
agricultural production.

Mr Mohammed Zakaria,
Executive Member of the Association whose farm was visited by journalists said
the provision of subsidised fertilizer and seeds had helped him increase the
size of his rice farm.

He appealed to the
government to help provide more agricultural inputs and agricultural extension
officers to help sensitise and educate farmers on improved and modernised
agricultural practices to increase crop yields in the Region.

GNA


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