Published On: Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015

Ghana farmers to receive advice to boost yields

Cocoa farmers ACCRA,(CAJ News) – FARMERS in Ghana have been encouraged to adopt and promote the concept of managing smaller farm p.lots to achieve quality and higher yields as well as boost household nutrition and resilience.

Yunus Abdulai, the Deputy Chief of Party of the Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) project made the call saying it would eventually benefit beneficiaries from the scheme.

He mentioned that land degradation through wrongful application of chemicals, non-adoption and application of Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) leading to crop failure or poor yields as some of the consequences of managing larger plots of farms by household.

Abdulai said beneficiary households should not be looking at expanding their farms when their capacity in terms of time and resources to manage them are inadequate or lacking, but should rather be looking at the output from them.

“We can get good and quality yields through intensive management of smaller plots,”

he stressed. Abdulai indicated that managing smaller farm plots can lead to good soil management through the application of organic manure and Good Agronomic Practices such as weeding, proper plant spacing and watering that can boost yields.

“Managing smaller plots affords women the opportunity to combine the task of sharing quality time in the management of their smaller plots to get good yields and taking good care of the family through the performance of the household chores and nurturing of their children,” Mr. Abdulai added.

He noted further that, managing larger farm plots required huge resources in terms of tractor services, application of chemicals, extra labour and time, which usually are not readily available and mostly beyond the capacity of the households. Abdulai was making a presentation dubbed “Small is Beautiful” during the Annual Work Plan and Budget Workshop for 7 District Assemblies organized by the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) in collaboration with the Resiliency in Northern Ghana project (RING) being funded by USAID in Tama. RING is a five years USAID-funded project.

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