Eunice Tekie Tei, GNA
Koforidua, Dec. 2, GNA – The Green Innovation Center (GIC) in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has offered training to 40 Agricultural Extension Agents (AEA) on good farming practices in the cultivation of rice and maize in the country.
The programme is a collaboration between the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) under its “ONE WORLD – NO HUNGER” initiative.
Participants were taken through topics such as conservation agriculture, variety selection, site preparation, land preparation and planting, weed and fertilizer management, nutrient management, disease, pest management and safe use of pesticides among others.
Mr David Darkoh of GIZ said the training was the second effort being held for participants selected from 25 districts across the country.
He said the training is expected to catalyse and sustain an inclusive agricultural transformation by improving food safety and security through increased knowledge about good farming practices and management.
Mr Darkoh said the participants are expected to conduct further training for smallholder maize and rice farmers to increase their productivity, profitability, create jobs and improve the general livelihood and nutrition of the beneficiary farmers.
The participants at the training were selected from Yilo Krobo, Atiwa West, Asene Manso, Akroso, Achiase, Okere, Birim North, Birim South, New Juaben South, Abuakwa North, Fanteakwa South, Kwahu West and Asuogyaman districts of the Eastern Region.
Mr Darkoh said the programme would also focus on seed producers, agro-chemical and input dealers and processors in the maize value chain.
He said the GIZ and GIC would continue to collaborate to build the capacity of smallholder maize and rice farmers to increase their productivity, income and create employment.
Mr Henry Crenstil, the Eastern Regioanl Director of Agriculture, urged the participants to ensure that the lessons gained from the training would be put to good use.
Mr Pine Pienaar, the Team Leader of Agriculture and Finance Consultants (AFC), urged participants to ensure the success of the programme by offering intensive training for smallholder farmers in their respective districts.
The Green Innovation Centre – Ghana (GIC) Ghana focuses on two value chains, maize and rice in Brong-Ahafo, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, and Volta regions.