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.
A total of 156 females and 192 male farmers as of May 3, 2022, received the agro chemicals as 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.
Akatsi South Municipal Director of Agriculture, Mr. Charles Grunitzky, disclosed in an interview with Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the free chemicals would cover 548 hectares of farmland to control 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 program, 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.