The Canadian Government has presented 135 motor bikes to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) to be distributed to its Extension Officers in the Upper East Region.
The move is to motivate the Extension Officers to be committed to their assignments by supervising and monitoring farmers undertaking the government flagship programme “planting for food and jobs” (PFJ).
Mr Francis Ennor, the Upper East Regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Bolgatanga.
He said so far, about 135 out of 206 motor bikes for the Officers have arrived in the Region for distribution.
Mr Ennor said farmers, notably women, and the youth have shown interest in the PFJ programme which was now in its third year.
According to him, 37,000 farmers were registered in 2017 and in 2018 the figure rose to 91,000, and said the figure may hit 100,000 for the 2019 season, adding that the trend was so because there was huge growing demand for the programme.
Mr Ennor noted that about three cash crops have been identified in the Region under the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) Programme, and mentioned cashew, shea and mango, and said his outfit encourages farmers to venture into cultivating them.
The Regional Director called on small scale farmers to expand their farms as result of the 50 per cent subsidy on inputs such as fertilizers and seeds, and reminded them to contact their extension officers regularly for the necessary advice.