Facilitate women’s access to mechanization – MoFA urges district managers
Mr. Francis Ennor, Upper East Regional Director, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) encouraged District Directors of Agriculture to incorporate plans to support women farmers with mechanization services to to improve their production capacity.
He called on them to use available structures to facilitate tractor services for women’s groups and to help women who could use animal traction like donkey traction to plow and train them to use them to plow their farms.
Mr. Ennor said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga in response to the availability of mechanization services for farmers, especially women in the region during the new agricultural season.
“Tractor services are heavily privatized and the owners of such equipment need cash for their services but the region is waiting for mini equipment and inputs I will alert women groups when new equipment arrives so that farmers also benefit, especially women who can use them,” Mr. Ennor said.
The regional manager, who also responded to other input supplies such as fertilizers for the region, said Planting for Food and Employment (PLJ) inputs would come through next year. electronically as the region prepared for the new system.
“Instead of keeping farmer records manually, with the implementation of the new system, it would help reduce the workload and documentation on input suppliers and management.” He noted.
He said a pre-test has been carried out in the region and hopes that next year the electronic system will be fully implemented.
Meanwhile, Mr. Charles Nyaaba, Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PPAG) in another interview said that it is difficult to determine how farming will be done this growing season.
He said that given current production costs and rising agricultural input prices, the future is bleak for food production.
He said the Upper East region is the biggest supplier of rice in the country, but the cost of each agricultural input is very unbearable.
According to him, although the association has not yet raised its concerns with the government, he indicated that the payment of fertilizer and input suppliers was essential, after which the farmers must find the financial resources for their start preparing for the agricultural season.