The Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services in the Eastern, Western, Central and Ashanti regions have held an open technology session for farmers and value chain actors.
The event which came off at the Bedtime Hotel in the Eastern regional capital, Koforidua was under the theme; Improving Agriculture through Innovation, Dissemination and Adoption of Appropriate technologies.
Mrs. Prospera Anku Okrah, lead organizer of the program in explaining the purpose of the gathering, underscored the need for the adoption of technology and innovation which are key in the transformation of the agricultural sector.
“The modernization agenda cannot see the light of day if farmers and other value chain actors are unable to utilize technology and this is achievable if extension services are able to show the way by bringing innovation and appropriate technology to the doorstep of its users,” she observed.
The aim of the program was among others to bring key actors to a common platform to promote indigenous technology and innovation with the photo presentation allowing easy adaptation of practices and knowledge, sharing of information and networking.
As, Mrs. Prospera Anku Okrah noted, the institutional relationship between researchers, extension services and farmers play an important role in realizing this innovation and technology.
It is thus the role of agriculture extensions to bring these ideas to bear and the choice however rests on the farmers, she added.
Theme Apt and Timely
On his part, the Director at the Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services, Mr. Theophilus Osei Owusu described the theme for the event as apt and timely considering the component (3) of ‘Modernizing Agriculture in Ghana’ which seeks to support extension delivery mechanisms to improve agricultural productivity.
While adding that research and extension services play a bigger role in contributing to productivity gains which ultimately leads to higher returns on agricultural investment, Mr. Osei Owusu urged extension officers to discover innovations that exist within the agricultural sector that are known and well received by farmers.
Source: Joyce Bedeley/ritefmonline.org/jbedeley9357@gmail