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23.03.2009 Business & Finance

Farmers Urged To Go Modern

By Anita Nyarko - newtimesonline.com
Farmers Urged To Go Modern
MAR 23, 2009 BUSINESS & FINANCE

Farmers in the country have been advised to adopt modern practices to help increase their yields. “When the right farming practices are adopted, they would boost the sector,” said Oliver Bach, Standards and Policy Manager of Rainforest Alliance, at a workshop in Accra.

It was organised by RainForest Alliance, a non governmental organisation, that seeks to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihood by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour.

The purpose was to transfer knowledge regarding the sustainable agriculture and RainForest Alliance Certification requirements and processes to potential auditors and technical advisors helping farmers and producer groups.

Participants were drawn from the Ministry of Agriculture, farmers associations and agricultural firms nationwide.

Mr Bach said one major challenge facing farmers was lack of training in modern agricultural practices, adding that the resources for farmers are not enough and should be supported.

Mr Willem – Albert Toose, Regional Manager, West Africa, of Agro ECO Louis Bolk Institute, advised the participants to take the training seriously to help them acquire knowledge and skills.

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