GASIP supports 60,000 farmers with improved inputs

By
Kodjo Adams, GNA

Accra, Sept. 12, GNA
– The Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP) has supported more
than 60,000 smallholder farmers with production inputs to increase
productivity, yield and incomes.

The inputs are
improved seeds and fertilizers, which can cover about 93,000 acres of rice,
maize, soya and vegetable value chains.

The initiative is to
boost their competitiveness and improve their ability to access markets and
credit facilities.

Mr Klutse Kudomor,
the National Programme Coordinaator for GASIP announced this in Accra at the
opening of a meeting with the farmer based organisations and value chain
drivers of the middle and southern operational zones.

He said GASIP was
committed to investing in the smallholder farmers, particularly women, young
adults and the youth, to develop agriculture in the country.

Mr Kudomor said
GASIP’s support to the smallholder farmers was accelerated through the
partnership value chain drivers and farmer based organisations.

He explained that
the value chain drivers were trained and assisted by GASIP to provide output
markets for the smallholder farmer’s produce, as well as expand their
operations.

Mr Kudomor stated
that as part of the programme, farmers were trained in good agricultural
practices, food safety and quality, to enable them to meet the emerging market
demands.

“GASIP is
strategically positioning the smallholder farmer through training and awareness
on food contaminants and food hygiene to meet the quality-consciousness of the
consumer”, he added.

He was optimistic
that these commitments would contribute effectively and efficiently to
improving the livelihoods of the rural people in the country.

The GASIP is a
government programme funded by the International Fund for Agricultural
Development and being implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

The participants
were positive that the outcome of the deliberations would chart the path in
improving the gaps in the agricultural value chain for sustained growth.

It was launched in
2015 as the main vehicle for public sector agricultural investment in the
country.

GNA

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