Peasant Farmers meet Parliamentary Committee over sustainable Farming

By Julius K. Satsi, GNA

Accra, March 15, GNA –
The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG)

with its partners
have met the parliamentary select committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa
Affairs to propose ways of promoting sustainable farming in the country.

Among other issues
brought up by the stakeholder group were the recommendation for the need to
reduce funds spent on importing inorganic fertilisers and to redirect them
towards promoting the use of organic composts.

The group, in a
presentation made by Mr Daniel Banouku, the Deputy Executive Director of the
Centre for Ingenious Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD) indicated
that over the years, investment in the agriculture sector had been on the rise
but without its corresponding growth.

The group recommended
that there was the need for the country to work towards increasing the
availability of quantity and quality organic inputs to assist in the promotion
of sustainable farming.

The group, also
called for the promotion of improved agronomic and soil management practices
including soil testing for crop-soil-agro ecology specific fertiliser
recommendation.

It added that there
was the need to promote decentralised, community based small dams towards the
promotion of irrigated agriculture in the dry season.

They also suggested
that there was the need to promote and encourage various approaches to
sustainable land management including agroforestry, inter-cropping and crop
rotation with legumes, as well as soil and water conservation
technologies. 

Present at the
meeting were Madam Victoria Adongo, the Executive Director of PFAG, Mr Bern
Guri, the Executive Director of (CIKOD), Abdul Rahman Mohammed of PFAG
representatives from WaterAid Ghana and Food Sovereignty Ghana.

The representatives
of the various groups made various points leading to the fact the country could
focus on promoting organic and sustainable farming towards safeguarding food safety
and security.

The Committee through
its Chair, Mr Adjei Kwame Asafu, the Member of Parliament said it had received
the issue with much concern adding that, conversations on the matter should not
end in the meeting.

He said the meeting
on the matter should not be the first and the last but there would have to be a
continuous discussion on the recommendations raised in the stakeholder group’s
presentation.

GNA

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