Over 200 poor and vulnerable small holder farmers from four districts in the Northern and Savannah regions have received subsidized farm implements under the 4R Nutrient Support Program to support their farming activities.
In all, 131 motorking tricycles, 50 solar rechargeable knapsack sprayers, 50 Tarpaulins and 30 planters were presented to the beneficiaries.
Modern day farming for both commercial and small holder involves the use of technology.
But often times, the ability to acquire farm implements by small holder farmers becomes a challenge due to financial constraints.
This inadvertently affects their productivity.
It is on the back of this that the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Project with support from the Co-operative Development Fund (CDF) of Canada and other partners have supported farmers in four implementing districts of two regions with farm implements.
At a short ceremony to present the subsidized farm equipment to the beneficiaries, Country Director for CDF Canada Christina Yakubu believes the use of the equipment will help ease their workload while reducing post-harvest losses.
She appealed to the beneficiaries to take advantage of the support to increase productivity by ensuring food security.
“I wish to admonish you to take good care of the equipment especially on maintenance to serve the purpose.”
The 4R Project Manager at Send-Ghana Bashiru Jumah noted the project will improve the socio-economic wellbeing of some 30,000 poor and vulnerable small holder farmers in the four districts.
“It is common knowledge that agriculture productivity is greatly hampered by lack of simple technology and to address this, the project is providing these farm equipment to avert post-harvest losses.”
For her part, the Northern Region Director of Agric, Hawa Musah, applauded the project implementing partners for the gesture.
She, however, lamented the ratio of farmers to extension officer is still a challenge despite government efforts.
A beneficiary, Kwame Comfort, on behalf of her colleagues, expressed gratitude for the gesture.
The goal of the project is to improve the socio-economic well-being and resilience of 80,000 small holder farmers particularly women.
By Christopher Amoako|3news.com|Ghana