Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana with support from Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an organization dealing with agricultural products in Africa, has organized a stakeholders forum for farmers in the Upper East Region, to discuss the way forward on the fertilizer subsidy programme. This forum is among other activities ahead of the inauguration of “PEASANT FARMERS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA’S WATCH DOGS”, around the border Communities.
Since 2008, one of the key Agricultural intervention programmes to be introduced by government through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, is the National Fertilizer Subsidy Programme. The Programme was aimed at enhancing food production and security in the country.
Apart from the year 2014, the Programme, has been progressively pursued to meet the nation’s aspiration and in the opinion of many stakeholders, especially in the Agriculture Sector, the introduction of the National Fertilizer Subsidy Programme, has been a major contributory factor towards increased food production in the country.
The National Coordinator of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, Madam Victoria Adongo in an interview with a1radioonline.com, said the National Fertilizer Subsidy Programme will benefit Small Holder Farmers in different ways, especially in the three Northern Regions.
“If Farmers get to know more about the procedure on how to access the subsided fertilizer, they are always happy and well prepared to go through the procedure, and the second thing is that, the volume has increased this time, and as they have increased, it is very likely that people will be farming more. So the benefits for the Small Holder farmers, is that, they can easily access the subsided fertilizer, at a cheaper rate, especially now that the price has been reduced by 50 percent.” She said.
According to her, the issue of smuggling subsidized fertilizers to neighbouring countries, will be a thing of the past, after the inauguration of “PEASANT FARMER ASSOCIATION OF GHANA WATCH DOGS”, around the border Communities.
Madam Adongo has however called on farmers in the Upper East Region to cooperate with the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS), Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Immigration Service officials at the various borders to curb the smuggling of fertilizers.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Immigration Service and Customs Excise and Preventive Service representatives at the farmers’ forum, promised the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, their readiness to assist to curb the smuggling of subsidized fertilizer, but then, asked the Association to help them with some logistics to enable them perform their duties as expected.
Source: a1radioonline.com / Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen