Farmers at Goriyiri have suggested to government to support farming systems being introduced by providing enough tractors for hiring out to farmers during farming seasons.
They said lack of tractors to plough their fields during the farming seasons retarded progress of the interventions being introduced by non-governmental agencies.
They said for these interventions to succeed in reducing poverty to substantial levels, there should be a major drive to make tractors available at the door steps of farmers to eliminate their fruitless search for tractors to plough their fields during every farming season.
The farmers expressed these concerns during a field day organized by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in conjunction with the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) and the Upper West regional office of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture at Goriyiri in the Nadowli District of the Region.
The field day was organized to expose the farmers in the community to new mixed farming systems that had been introduced.
This intervention is expected to improve food, nutrition and income security and at the same time conserve the natural resource base of the environment.
Mr. Tawiah Tumawae, one of the leaders of ”Tietaa Maali” a farming association in the community, complained about their inability to acquire fertilizer at the right time for application on their farms.
Mr. Methodius Suglo, Regional Agriculture Extension Officer, said while the farmers found it difficult to get tractor services during the farming season, fertilizer had never been in short supply in the region.
With regard to fertilizer supply, he said the challenges being faced by the farmers arose out of the inability of the private local dealers to raise enough funds to pay and collect the product from the distributors at the beginning of the farming season.
Mr. David Waawula, Nadowli/Kaleo District Director of Agriculture, urged the farmers to create awareness about what they had learned from the field day for adoption.
He said for a field day, they had to observe both the positive and negative outcomes of the crops cultivated on the plots and should therefore not be discouraged if what they saw in some of demonstration plots were bad.
He advised them to choose what would be good for cultivation adopt it for application on their farms. GNA