Irrigation Service Manager of Interplast Ghana Ltd, Mr. Haider Malhas, has lauded Rite FM’s ‘One District, One Agric Forum (RAF)’ open event. The new look of the programme aims at taking the event to the district level instead of the traditional routine of meeting farmers from across various districts annually for education on good farming practices, introduction to technology and marketing to improve the overall face of the agricultural sector.
Mr. Haider Malhas made the extolment in an interview with Rite FM’s Morning Show host, Captain Adabuga on Friday.
The first two editions of the Rite FM Agric Forum which were held in 2016 and 2017 respectively presented conducive platform that provided grounds for relevant inputs in the agric sector within the Krobo communities. The areas of focus included agribusiness, financing, investment, value chain and value additions and expansions through mechanized farming.
The event also provided a common platform for the station, hundreds of farmers within six surrounding districts including the Lower Manya Krobo, Asuogyaman, Yilo Krobo, Shai Osudoku, Upper Manya Krobo and the Akuapim North districts together with several stakeholders in the agricultural sector, to deliberate on petty issues confronting the agric sector.
However, a new method is under consideration for the event to be held within the various districts. The proposal to adopt the new approach to the Rite FM Agric Forum (RAF) at the district level is to offer the station the opportunity to interact and find solutions to farmers’ problems ranging from production to the consumer.
This new development in the organization of the event seems to have excited Mr. Malhas who lauded the idea and promised his company’s continuous support for the programme.
“Interpalst Ghana will continue to support Rite FM for its efforts in the development of Agriculture in the country. The idea is very laudable because I am very impressed about the number and the quality of farmers who attended the last RAF (RAF 2017), so organizing it at the district levels will help a lot of farmers to be easily identified with their individual problems and finding solutions to them,” he asserted.
He recounted the cliché of agriculture being the back bone of Ghana’s economy which he implored should not be taken for granted but must be treated seriously by all stakeholders especially the players in the agricultural development value chain.
The Irrigation Manager therefore appealed to the country’s development partners and the Municipal and District Assemblies within the Rite FM catchment areas to intensify their efforts of support by containing the station in their budgets for programs such as the planting for food and jobs policy.