Brong Ahafo region said to have stockpile of maize

MaizeThe Brong-Ahafo Region has a stockpile of 104,457 mini (50 kilogramme) bags of maize at the Wenchi and Sunyani collection points.

Mr. Eric Opoku, the Regional Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Asunafo South, said this at the 30th Regional farmers’ day celebration at Derma in the Tano South District.

Mr. Opoku said 34,933 of the stock had been released with 69,524 left under the national food security programme meant to mop up excess foodstuff in the market during glut period for storage to improve food security in the country.

He said the Region continued to benefit under the various   government agricultural interventions and farmers had been assisted with improved seeds, fertilizer, agro chemicals, tractors and extension services to enable them to improve their yields.

Mr. Opoku said  eight  agricultural  mechanization centres had been established in the Region  with 48 tractors supplied  on credit  basis under a  nationwide  programme and drive  towards the  mechanization  of agriculture .

Touching on the theme of the celebration “Eat what we grow”,   Mr. Opoku  said  besides the  health and nutritional  benefits of eating  fresh local foods, the growing  and development of the campaign would translate  into other tangible benefits like job creation , poverty reduction and consequently increase national economic growth.

Twenty-three farmers including three women were awarded in various categories of agriculture.

Nana Alex Tweneboah Kodua, aged 61 from  Mim in the  Asunafo North  Municipality  was crowned the  Regional best farmer and  was giving  corn sheller, tricycle , cutlasses, wellington boot,  insecticides , wax print and a certificate.

Tano South also adjuged 49- year-old Mr. Kwabena Twum of Derma as the District best farmer  and  was giving a  motor cycle, 43 inches led television, knapsack sprayer, a wax print, wellington boot watering can, cutlass, key bar soaps and a certificate.

Source: GNA

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