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PAS-G Develops Platforms to improve capacity of farmers.

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ByJerry Azanduna, GNA

Garu (UE) June 20,GNA-The Presbyterian Agricultural Station-Garu (PAS-G) has developed aprogramme dubbed “Life Long Learning for Farmers (L3F)” focused at creatingplatforms to build the capacities of farmers in the area.

The programme whichis receiving funding from the Commonwealth of Learning, an NGO, is focused attraining farmers and other groups using Information Communication Technology(ICT) to improve on farmers’ capacity in new agricultural methodologies.

This was disclosedat a day's stakeholders’ engagement workshop at Garu in the Upper East Region.

It focused atsoliciting ideas to improve on the platforms, which included; relying onrelevant information through the use of text messaging to famers on farmingmethods.

The participants whoincluded; farmer groups, staff from the Department of Agriculture from the twoDistricts, Financial institutions, Community Based Rehabilitations (CBR’s), theNon-Formal Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service, the InformationServices Department, and the Media to brainstorm on ways to improve on theplatforms.

Among the platformsare; the uses of smart mobile phones for sending video information on farmingmethods including; land preparations, pest and weed control, planting,harvesting and postharvest among other interests from the relevant expertise.

Mr Solomon Atigah,Manager at PAS-G in a presentation noted that last year about 4,000 farmerswere rolled onto the platform and explained that about 6,500 farmers would berolled on it this year.

He indicated that toget more farmers on board the programme, it would be targeting about 13,000farmers next year to improve on farmers’ production in the area.

Mr Atigah said theprogramme was focused at training farmers in sorghum production as most of thefarmers expressed interest in cultivating the crop.

He mentioned thatthe station was moving further steps by establishing a fast mobile learningplatform that would enable the programme to upscale the training of the farmersand strengthen the capacity of field extension agents.

Mr Atigah statedthat the general aim for the programme was to build the capacity of farmers tobe able to cultivate good yields to improve on their livelihoods.

Mr Atigah furtherindicated that the programme had an overall objective of promoting foodsecurity to fight poverty and diseases since the region in general was notedfor poor weather conditions.

He called on thefarmers to take the messages sent to them seriously to help them improve ontheir production.


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