Farmers cautioned against fertilizer smuggling


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By Emmanuel Nyatsikor, GNA

(V/R), April 4, GNA – Mr Williams Afare, Acting Adaklu District Director of
Agriculture has cautioned farmers in the District against the smuggling of
government’s subsidised fertilizer.

He said the
fertilizer has an electric coding and traceable mark and discouraged farmers
from smuggling it to avoid being caught and dealt with.

Mr Afare who
said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said the new highly
efficient and traceable fertilizer subsidy management system was to ensure that
farmers who registered biometrically benefitted from the fertilizer subsidy of

The Director,
who is also in charge of the Agric Department in Ho said government had
introduced a specialised rice project for farmers in a bid to increase rice
production for export.

He said under
the programme, government was subsidising the price of the seed of rice and
fertilizer by 50 per cent and said about 1,000 farmers in the Adaklu District
had been registered to benefit from the programme.

Mr Afare said
his outfit in collaboration with the District Assembly had nursed 55,000 out of
its envisaged 100,000 cashew seedlings for distribution to farmers under its
Planting for Food and Jobs and rural development programme.

He said the
Agric Department had introduced improved technologies for increased livestock
production in 12 operational areas in the District and also provided general
extension services to about 1,550 farmers.

Mr. Afare said
the District Assembly in collaboration with other stakeholders had zoned lands
in the District for effective food production and animal rearing and called for
support from all, especially the chiefs.

He said
inadequate extension officers and logistics were a setback to efforts at
assisting farmers to cultivate vast arable land lying fallow in the District to
make Adaklu the food basket of the Volta Region.


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