Story by: Elizabeth Frimpong:
The Agric Extension Officer of Yilo Krobo Municipality in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Mr. Jeremiah Nuetey on Tuesday June 07, 2016, has confirmed that, the Agric Extension Agent (AEA) engagement with the farmers programme, organized by the Rite 90.1 FM MAASI project team, sponsored by the USAID has been of great help for both the farmers and the Agric Department as well. He disclosed this in an interview on Rite 90.1 FM morning ride program, ‘Feed the Future Platform’.
According to him, they have been able to identify some of the major challenges the farmers are facing in the district through this engagement. He said some of these challenges the farmers brought up will be taken into consideration in preparing the 2017 budget and others too will be tackled immediately through their training and education programmes. He however mentioned some of the challenges that were brought to their notice by the farmers which include; inadequate farm inputs, lack of capital, technical know-how for storing their farm products, delay in the subsidized fertilizers and many more.
Mr. Nuetey again lamented on some of the challenges the Agric Department is facing. He further explained that, the resource to carry out their activities is a big blow to them since their activities involve visitations and a lot of movements; they will need vehicles and motor bikes which are insufficient for them. He pleaded to the Authorities to come to their aid in order to excel in their work.
He urged the farmers to always listen to the Agricultural programmes on Rite 90.1 FM which will assist them in their agribusiness. He moreover cautioned the farmers to desist from buying any chemical from the market but rather come to their office or call on them for the right prescription and directives to the accredited dealer’s shops.
Reaffirming to this, the leader of Hope for the Future Farmers Association in Upper Manya District Assembly in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Mr. Michael Tetteh, who is a farmer also confirmed the numerous benefits the engagement has brought to them. He said they have been able to bring out their problems and they expect good results from their agricultural experts. He again grieved on the high interest rate when they go for loans from bank and pleaded to the Authorities to assist them in acquiring loans at low rate to expand their agribusiness.