A farmer in Sagnarigu District, Mr. Fuseini Sheini, has accused poor agriculture development in the District to late arrival of plantation inputs during cultivation seasons.
Mr. Sheini stated: ‘’Every year it appears the season arrives by amaze to us and now that we have short rain fall patterns we required to sit up, am frightened.”
He stated, if agriculture associates like financial institutions, government, input dealers and farmers’ attitudes are not changed, then the country risk not to succeed and control it fight towards gaining food sufficiency.
He stated that serious countries give preference to agriculture by planning well enough and implement the plans in earnest, especially when the weather conditions threatens the survival of farmers.
Mr. Sheini was talking at a policy discussion workshop for lead farmers in the Sagnarigu District on Tuesday.
Therefore, he recommended to government to institute farmers ‘seasonal hearings’ to instruct them for the farming seasons.
He described dissatisfaction about the dearth of lands in the District for cultivation activities.
The workshop is a proceeding instructive process in some districts in the Northern Region to determine the impact of government agriculture strategies on the livelihood of smallholder farmers.
It was conducted by SIFA Agro Trade Investment Company Limited and financed by USAID Agriculture Policy Support Program.
About thirty leaders of smallholder agriculturists met and brainstormed on the impact of Medium Term Agricultural Sector Investment Plan and Food and Agriculture Sector Development Project (II) and find the way to affect the coming agriculture strategy framework.
The District Director of Agriculture, Mr. Baba Sawhil, noted that investment in agriculture is important to end the poverty considering the altogether contribution of agriculture to GDP.
The workshop begin a Community Agriculture Policy Fair to present the result of the consultative process to high level policy developers for operation.
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