Sunday 7th July, 2019
Jerry Azanduna, GNA
Bawku (U/E), July 7, GNA – About 90,000
farmers have been registered by the Bawku Municipal Department of Agriculture
to participate in this year’s Planting for Foods and Jobs (PFJ) programme in the
Bawku Municipality and its environs.
About 60 enter dealers have also been
registered beneath the programme to be supervised by the Directorate to provide
farmers with government backed farm inputs including seedlings and
Mr Charles Akowtigah, Bawku Municipal
Director of Agriculture, stated this around the weekend in an interview with the
Ghana Information Company (GNA) in Bawku.
He called on farmers to acquire benefit of
the rains to plant so as to escape the drought interval considering the fact that the rain patterns
were not consistent.
Mr Akowtigah reported in the situation of this
farming season, farmers were being specifically intrigued in the Hybrid and the Open
Pollinated Variety seedlings (OPV), and stated that the selection of a lot of
farmers for this was as outcome of govt subsidy on these types of seeds, especially
He stated previously the hybrid seeds charge GHȼ20.00
per kilogramme whilst the OPV went for GHȼ6.00 for each kilogramme and indicated
however that, with the introduction of the subsidy, the hybrid price GHȼ3.00 for each
kilogramme when the OPV price tag GHȼ2.00 per kilogramme.
Mr Akwotigah said federal government has stocked the
district with 4 styles of substances like Bypel, Adepa, Emar-Star and Gro
secure to battle any variety of army worm that might assault the crops in the course of the
He stated the Directorate was carrying out
education for farmers and extension officers on good farming practices to
up grade their awareness and skills on farming.
The Director urged the farmers to shell out
standard visits to their farms and scout for any form of worms on their farms
and report to their extension officers for redress.