Africa-Press – Ghana. The Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has provided free Agro chemicals to farmers in the Akatsi South Municipality of the Volta Region.
The exercise supported a total of 156 females and 192 male farmers as of May 31, forming part of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) Programme introduced as one of the flagship initiatives by the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Mr Charles Grunitzky, the Akatsi South Municipal Director of Agriculture, disclosed to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an engagement that the free chemicals would cover 548 hectares of farmland with the aim of controlling Fall Army Worms (FAW) on maize and other crop-related insect pests, which has affected some farms in the Municipality.
Mr Grunitzky also said the package provided by the government to the farmers would also help increase food production in the Municipality. He expressed the hope that farmers in the Municipality would appreciate the government’s effort which was targeted at securing the sustainability and improvement of the agriculture sector.
Mr Francis Susu Dogah, a farmer who has benefitted from the PFJ programme, told the GNA that the project has saved farmers from having their crops destroyed by worms. He further appealed to the government to provide more for their upkeep. Some areas covered include Live, Kpota, Atidzive and others.