District Chief Executive for Wassa East, Wilson Arthur has re-emphasised the need to shift from a subsistence farming to a purely agribusiness state in his district to match up with government’s expectation of having a vibrant agricultural sector. Mr. Wilson Arthur averred that the new drive taken by the assembly going forward is to build capacities of the local farmers to efficiently and effectively apply farming inputs and technology to improve their yield.
He said the assembly taking cognizance of this paradigm shift would be awarding farmers with appropriate farming inputs and machinery on this year’s farmers’ day celebration scheduled for December 7, 2018 at Sekyere Krobo in the Wassa East District.
“Our focus this year is to draw their attention that agriculture is a business. We don’t want to promote subsistence farming that we are used to. What we want to do now is to promote farming as viable business”, he told Skyy News’ Abraham Mensah in an interview.
“We are working on getting them improved seedlings, undertake good practices…artificial pollination, pruning, applying fertilizer, and we are supporting mass spraying too”, Mr Arthur added.
Mr. Arthur observed that farmers despite being aware of government’s pro-agricultural interventions such as the Planting for Food and Jobs, Planting for Export and Rural Development, a majority of them are ignorant of how to access them.
“What we’ve realized is that, awareness is hundred percent. Every community knows about planting for food and jobs but that is all they know. They don’t know about Planting for Export and Rural Development, they don’t know about markets and other things going on. And even with the Planting for Foods and Jobs, they think that it’s only a few of them that have been selected by the extension officers. But it shouldn’t be left with the extension officers to select a handful of people to benefit to benefit from it”, he cried.
On this background, the DCE remarked that an intensive sensitization program will be embarked upon in the coming days to address the challenge.
“I’ve started embarking on a community tour. We are working very hard to make sure that 2019, we will take control of the planting for food and jobs and rather get the technical people to support us. So that we can deliver numbers and we can impact”, Mr Arthur emphasized.
According to Mr. Wilson Arthur, the 2018 Farmers’ Day Celebration will afford farmers the opportunity to network and learn from best practices. An exhibition platform will be mounted for farmers to showcase their crops or foods, caterers to whet the appetite of participants with Wassa Cuisine among others. Football matches will also feature in the ceremony.
The 2018 Wassa East District Farmers’ Day celebration is supported by Golden Star Resources Wassa Mines, PSG Ghana ltd, Goldfields Damang, BOPP, GREL, Takoradi Flour Mills, Fiaseman Rural Bank, Lower Pra Rural Bank, Asafua wood processing ltd, Radiant Group of Companies, TICO, VRA, Cocoa Life, COCOBOD Ghana and powered by Skyy Media Group.
Story: Abraham Mensah/Skyy News