A total of 31,689 farmers, comprising of 22,655 males and 9,034 females, in the Kumasi Metropolis, have so far benefitted from the government’s flagship ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme.
Farmers and other actors along the value chain have benefitted immensely from the various packages under the programme such as seeds and fertilisers, which were supplied at subsidised rates.
A report by the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Osei Assibey Antwi, said farmers who took advantage of the subsidised products were able to get improved seeds at affordable prices, which enabled them to cultivate to the fullest capacity of their fields.
He said a total of 47.9 hectares of maize and 115 hectares of vegetables were cultivated, which is an increase over the base year of 2019.
According to the Mayor, the reduced cost of seed and fertiliser greatly reduced the production cost, and gave the farmers a high profit margin.
The KMA boss also said a total of 331 farmers had so far been trained on different thematic areas of agriculture along the value chain to enhance productivity.
He said two demonstration fields had been established at WESCO and Amanfrom Prisons Camp as a multiplication site for distribution to farmers.
A total of 1,000 healthy improved seeds were given to these two institutions to establish these fields.
He also disclosed that four maize fields, two each in the Santasi and Amanfrom operational areas, have also been established to serve as a platform for the dissemination of technology and demonstration of other ideas to farmers and other stakeholders along the value chain.Read Full Story