Garu (U/E)- About sixty farmers in the Garu and Tempane districts have received expert training in bullock ploughing to serve farmers who cannot afford the services of tractors on their farms.
The programme which is on a pilot basis started with the Nafteeg and Kugpella villages.
It is designed to draw two farmers from each community from the two villages for the training, after which they would be assisted to form bullock ploughing pools and association to render services to the farmers who would need their services.
Mr Solomon Atigah, Manager at the Presbyterian Agricultural Station (PAS-G) at Garu, addressing the participants said the project which is receiving funding support from the International Fertilizer Development Company (IFDC) 2-scale project in collaboration with Faranaya and implemented by the PAS-G aimed at using the bullock service to generate income for the farmers.
Mr Atigah said farmers who could not afford to plough their farms would now do so in order to cultivate large farms and produce good yields against food insecurity in the area as a measure to improve on the livelihoods of the people.
He urged the farmers to participate effectively and come out with effective deliberations and modalities that would bring on board good results for the project, adding that it would go a long way to improve on the quality of farming.
Mr Kelly Iddrisu, Planning officer for the Tempane District, said there is the need for the farmers to attend to the expectations of the training in order to provide quality services to their clients.
He urged the farmers to consult stakeholders including the District Assemblies, the PAS-G, and other institutions to guarantee for them to acquire loans from the banks to help them expand their farms.
Mr Iddrisu called on them to seek support from the district veterinary service department so as to secure good health for the bullocks and other livestock on their farms.
He commended the organization for their timely intervention to promote food security in the area.
Source: Ghana News Agency