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14.12.2007 Social News

Farmers Urged To Practise Sustainable Agriculture

Farmers in the Country have been urged to practise sustainable system of agriculture to boost the national food basket.
Mrs Agnes Chigabatia, Acting District Chief Executive of the Bawku West District made these known during the Regional Celebration of the 23rd National Farmers Day Celebrated in the District.
The celebration was under the theme 'Ghana at 50 progress and challenges of sustainable agricultural development'.
Mrs Chigabatia who was the guest speaker said in other to achieve sustainable agriculture, farmers need to go into large scale commercial farming and mechanical methodology of farming as well as the use of chemical fertilizers.
She said, in other to achieve the goal of sustainable agriculture, the wanton destruction of the forest, mining especially galamsey activities, seasonal settings of bush fires were some of the major challenges to be dealt with and controlled.
Mr Roy Agaviga, the Upper East Regional Director of Agriculture said the region was recovering from the floods that hit the Region and other parts of the country during year.
He said the Ministry of Food and Agriculture had support flood victims with vegetable seeds, fertilizers for the flood recession and as a result the region had recorded a very high level of production of water-melon, onions, pepper and tomatoes.
Mr John Akumbe Anane was adjudged the overall best Regional Farmer for the 2007 year and was presented with corn mill, bicycle, knapsack sprayer, two matchets, a piece of wax print, radio cassette recorder, a pair of field boat, sewing machine and a certificate of honour.