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Agric Extension Officers, Necessary Element in Agricultural Activities

Johnathan Nartey, a member of the Osudoku Agric Department has indicated that agriculture has gained strong foundation in the country and as such can be said to have a promising future in the next few years.

The Role of Extension Officers Highlighted

Extension officers play the role of teachers when it comes to agriculture because they educate farmers when it comes to agriculture practices and the rightful use of chemicals on the farm.

They also serve as a source of advice for farmers when it comes to monetary matters because they aid farmers in getting clues on the right way and source to seek for loans to advance their hard work. According to him, the role of an extension officer is to act as a link between the farmer and any developed or developing research. He added that extension officers are to make sure that all farmers have a smooth time when they are on their field so they can be able to serve all stakeholders of the Agric value chain, most importantly the consumer

The Agric Value Chain

Jeremiah Nuertey also enforced that the agric value chain is one that yearns to bring together all stakeholders of agriculture for each party to gain valuable outcome from one another.

He also mentioned that all factors of the agric value chain are expected to be fair to each other when it comes to marketing.

Challenge and Suggestion to the Extension Officer

Moving ahead, he mentioned that due to lack of staff and funds, extension officers usually use a group approach and the media to educate farmers to keep them abreast on the right practices as far as agriculture practices are concerned.

He advised that farmers should always fall on the extension officers when they want their services in their farming activities as well as secured future of their work.

A farmer from Obawale, David Nana Kwame pleaded with the officers to lobby for warehouses to be built for them so they can save their produce they are unable to market.

source: ritefmonline.org


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