The Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive Rex Asanga has hinted that his outfit, effective next farming season, would collaborate with the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMET) for rain updates to enable farmers to plan their farming activities better.
Speaking to David Azure on A1 Radio’s agriculture show dubbed “Agric Forum” on Tuesday 13th September 2022, the Municipal Chief Executive expressed concerns about how farmers are not able to have a bumper harvest due to late preparations for the rainy season.
According to Mr. Asanga, so many factors are hindering farmers from starting their farming activities on time. These include but are not limited to erratic rainfall patterns. For this reason, if the Ghana Meteorological Agency is engaged, farmers would be well informed and plan their activities better.
“What we as an Assembly plan to do now is to work closely with the meteorological agency when the rainy season is approaching. We would let them provide us with efficient and reliable meteorological information about rains in our municipality.”
“When we get the information on how the rains are likely to occur, then we would start to inform farmers through the media to inform everybody that they should go out and start sowing and planting because the time is up.”
“If we don’t do that, the issue of lateness in sowing would continue to be a big challenge to us. This very year, almost everywhere, the crops are not good enough. It is because we didn’t sow early when it was raining somewhere May.”
The MCE added that resources are being put together to also help farmers continue to plant during the dry season. This would include the drilling of boreholes in areas without dams.
Mr. Asanga urged farmers to adopt good farming activities by accepting and implementing the advice of extension officers.
Source:A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure |Bolgatanga|Ghana