Catholic Church addresses food security problem in Upper East

The Diocesan Development Office of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocese is implementing a Sustainable Agriculture Farming Practice programme aimed at promoting food security in the Upper East Region.

The bane of agricultural production in the Region includes infertile lands, bad farming practices, soil erosion and the erratic nature of rainfall.

To address the issue, the programme on Friday concluded a three- day workshop to educate 16 farmers on sustainable farming practices at the Pusu-Namongu Farmers Training Centre in the Talensi Nabdam District.

The participants made up of eight males and eight females would be animators of the programme and also act as agents of change in their communities.

They were taken through topics such as compost production, mulching, greening, contour ploughing, stone, grass, and earth bounding, and local resource mobilisation.

The participants were also provided with bicycles valued at GH¢2,400 to facilitate their work.

Mr Joe Ayimbilla, Acting Diocesan Development Co-ordinator, explained that the core value of the three- year project was to ensure that people could afford two meals a day.

He asked the animators to take their work seriously by educating farmers to embrace good farming practices.

The Vicar- General of the Diocese, Reverend Father Gabriel Atidoo Ayambire asked the animators to promote the programme and link their communities to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

The Project Manager of the Centre, Mr David Azupoa said statistics revealed that the population of Region was increasing thus making it difficult for households to get enough land for farming.

He said to help address the issue the centre would enroll more programmes to train farmers in the Region on how to adopt good farming practices in order to get good yields.

Source: GNA

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