The Bole District Assembly in the Savannah Region has organised this year’s farmers day at Kilampobile under the theme:” Accelerating Agricultural Development Through Value Addition”.
The Bole District Chief Executive, Madam Veronica Alele Hemeng speaking at the event said the Assembly this year nursed 40,358 cashew seedlings and distributed 40,126 seedlings to 269 farmers across the District.
She added that it’s also worth mentioning that the Assembly has earmarked to nurse over 50,000 cashew seedlings in two(2) zones in 2023 for free distribution to farmers across the District.
“So I will urge our beneficiary farmers to take good care of the plantation and also endeavor to seek expert extension services from the Agric Department in order to maximize yield”,she said.
The DCE mentioned that the Assembly supported 31 farmers in shea butter processing at a sum of Ghc 40,455.00 and also Twenty (20) farmers were assisted in groundnut processing at the sum of Ghc 27,600.00.
It is also significant to know the District intends to support 196 farmers in 2023 to engage in agro-processing (Shea butter and groundnuts) at Mandari, Carpenter and Chencheri.
Under the 1D1F initiative, Madam Veronica Alele Hemeng said the Government is working assiduously to equip the 1D1F with modern art of equipment for processing groundnuts into Oil, paste and cake for human consumption and the poultry industry in the District and I am confident that by the mid year of 2023, the equipment would be installed and operators trained fo business to commence.
The Bole District Director of the Department of Agriculture also stated that the department was able to make more contacts with farmers through farm and home visit over the period.
The few AEAs in the department were readily available to attend to farmers, a total of 898 homes and farms visit were conducted within the year.
He added that because of the hard working of his staff, Jacqueline Kawia has been nominated as the best Agric Extension Agent in the Savannah region.
The Agric Director noted that to improve the livelihood of farmers, the WIAD unit of the Agric Department has train Women across the District in soap making and potato chips to help alleviate poverty.
In all, 18 hardworking farmers took home prices in various categories.
The overall District Best Farmer went to Mr. Nujaal Nifasaba from Kakease who took home a motor king tricycle, and a certificate of recognition.
Mr. Nujaal Nifasaba speaking to Yagbon News thanked the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for the initiative.
According to him farming is a business and thus called on the youth to engage in farming.
Source: yagbonradioonline /Fataw Diwura