By Gideon Ebbah, GNA
Atiwa, (Ash), Feb.28, GNA - The Ejisu-Juaben Municipal directorate of agriculture is intensifying its community outreach programmes to educate and create awareness among farmers on the new government agricultural policies and programmes.
It is also to help encourage farmers in the municipality to adopt improved farming practices and technologies as well as agribusiness techniques to increase yield and market their products.
Mr Stephen Asante, Municipal Director of Agriculture, speaking at one of such durbars for farmers at Atiwa, urged them to see farming as a business venture and not a mere subsistent activity.
He said farming was a lucrative venture which could easily uplift people from hunger and poverty.
Mr Asante encouraged the youth to ignore the wrong perception about farming and actively participate in the ongoing government agricultural programmes such as the planting for food and jobs, to earn decent incomes and uplift themselves from poverty.
He said the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) was ready to assist and provide them with the right inputs and extension services to increase their yields and incomes.
Mr Asante said the community durbars were to bring together farmers and provide them space to discuss ways to promote pest and disease control, improved animal husbandry techniques and veterinary care.
He spoke of the need for farmers to undertake modern agricultural practices and also seek prompt extension support in order to raise crop yield and returns.
Mr Asante said the planting for food and jobs programme had been a huge success in the municipality and called on more people, especially the youth to participate in it.
He warned of fake agro-chemicals on the market and urged the farmers to always seek technical advice from their extension agents before they bought agrochemicals.
Mrs. Hagar Oforiwaa, the Municipal Veterinary Officer, urged farmers to also go into livestock farming to generate additional incomes.
She however, advised them not to allow their animals to roam in the communities to destroy other people farms.