Secretary of Agricultural Irrigation Project (AIP) in Ashaiman, Accra, Mr Paul K. Asante, has described government’s policy of Planting for Food and Job as a brilliant programme which must be supported by all and sundry.
However, he called on government to initiate moves to make a law to back the programme.
According to him, backing the policy with law will enable successive governments to pursue with urgency since according to him that will make farmers better.
The policy, Mr Asante stated, has enabled farmers to purchase at least ten bags of NPK and five bags of urea at a subsidised price “with the condition of paying half at the point of collection, and making final payment when crops are harvested and sold.”
Despite these incentives, Mr Asante said farmers were still faced with some challenges if not addressed immediately, may hamper the agriculture growth in the area.
He said machines such as power tillers or ploughs and millers will enable farmers to work based on schedule
“Just as you queue to have your farm lands tilled for production, you equally have to queue to mill your cereals as well. In the event that either of the two is damaged, then we have to spend extra money to engage the services of others at our own cost,” the secretary opined.
To this end, Mr Asante appealed to government to, as a matter of urgency, consider the quantity of fertilisers given to irrigation farmers, and that of the upland farmers.
“Irrigation farmers have more than enough water to produce crops all year round as against upland farmers who only rely on rains,” he said.
Story: Prosper K.S. Agbitor