Logistical challenges continue to confront extension services in various districts, it has emerged.
Eastern Regional Director of Extension Services, Papa Allotey while speaking on Rite FM’s Morning Show on Monday said the situation was inconveniencing the output of the department.
The challenges confronting the Directorate which hindered the smooth operations of the department include lack of uniforms, identification cards for easy recognition of personnel, means of transportation like jungle motto bikes to reach farmers, wellington boots, etc.
The Director in regretting these challenges said all efforts to get these gaps addressed have proved futile.
“Six months ago, measurements were taken of all staff of the extension services department in the Eastern Region and forwarded to the headquarters for the provision of logistics such as wellington boots, uniforms, identification cards, etc. but nothing has been done to deal with these,” Papa Allotey bemoaned.
According to him, government is currently in consultation with the Canadian Government to assist the department in the provision of uniforms, research extensions, identification cards, wellington boots, etc.
Mr. Allotey however said the introduction of technology into the system has impacted positively on the services of the various agents.
He explained that the introductioni9i9ioioi of internet services for instance has enabled extension agents to reach out to farmers despite the inadequate number of agents.
“The use of technology has assisted the department in the creation of new crop varieties for early maturity and increased yield, in aquaculture activities and also applied in tissue culture for multiplication purposes.
We are not recruiting and so cannot add more to replace the retiring officers
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