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Registration for fertilizers will help reduce smuggling in Upper East Region – Regional Agric Director

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While fertiliser smuggling remains a critical concern for the Upper East Regional Department of Agriculture, one of the strategies implemented to address this issue has proven successful. In the previous farming season, farmers were required to register their names and farm sizes before accessing subsidised fertilisers through the Planting for Food and Jobs programme (PFJ).

During a recent interview on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, Fuseini Zakaria, the Upper East Regional Director for the Department of Agriculture, explained that the registration of farmers had significantly reduced smuggling incidents. As preparations are underway for this year’s programme modalities by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Zakaria expressed his hope for a repeat of the registration process.

To effectively combat smuggling, Alhaji Zakaria has tasked his staff with collecting comprehensive farmer data and developing a robust registration system for the upcoming planting season. He emphasised the importance of registration, stating that last year’s open sale of fertiliser led to a significant loss and raised concerns about value for money. Having data on registered farmers will facilitate better preparations for subsidised fertilisers.

Zakaria stated, “My first task was to urge my district and municipal directors of agriculture to urgently gather farmer population data. That data is very critical.” With accurate information on registered farmers, adequate measures can be taken to ensure the availability of subsidised fertilisers for the agricultural community.

According to Alhaji Zakaria, when the data on registered farmers is available adequate preparations can be made for subsidised fertilisers for farmers. 

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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