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PFAG and others advocate improved input for farmers

By
Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, July 27, GNA – The Peasant Farmers
Association of Ghana (PFAG) has observed that the Farmer Input Support
Programmes (FISPs) contribution to increased production and yields are limited
at best.

Making the observation with the Centre of
Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD) and the Groundswell
International, it said there was evidence to show that it did not appear that
the FISPs had helped small-scale farmers.

It said those affected included the most
vulnerable such as women in the long-term in a supportive way to improve on
their food security and build resilient, sustainable farming and food systems
that were necessary in a world facing diverse ecological, economic and social
challenges.

Mr Ben Guri, the Executive Director, CIKOD in
an interview at the inception meeting said partners were engaging in promoting
agro-ecology in West Africa through the advocacy on the FISP Project.

The purpose of the meeting was to introduce
the project to selected stakeholders in the agricultural sector and the
rationale as well as activities of the project would be shared with all.

The project seeks to organise and support
farmer-led campaigns to reform FISP to shift resources in existing public
investments for agriculture towards increased support for small-scale farmers
in making transition to a more productive, climate change resilient,
sustainable, nutrition and gender sensitive farming system, based on
agro-ecological principle.

He said the project was not to advocate
against the FISP and all fertilizer subsidies but help reduce farmers’
dependence on external agrochemical and shift to application of sustainable
ecological processes and use sustainable farm inputs to address soil fertility.

The Executive Director said it’s to advocate
for reforms of the whole subsidy programme to shift the investments to
initiatives of farmers for them to manager its own inputs and everything about
agriculture.

He said there was the need to strengthen and
expand a regenerative local economic development model that provides a viable
alternative for the masses of the population.

Mr Charles Nyaaba, the Programme Officer, PFAG
said climate change had a key role in the development of the agriculture
sector.

He said the Association had engaged a research
fellow to analyses the investments made in the agriculture sector for the past
year to establish, whether there were effects especially on the fertilizer
subsidy on Gross Domestic Product and farmers income.

He said they would use the finding to engage
the Ministry of Food and Agriculture on how best to target the investments in
other intervention programmes and if possible restructure the indications.

GNA

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