NIGHT WITH FARMERS

The Birim North Department of Agriculture, under the leadership of the New District Director of Agriculture, Mr. Samuel Ofosu initiated a program called “Night with Farmers” as part of the planned agricultural activities for the year 2024.

The ‘Night with Farmers’ was aimed to engage farmers within the District to discuss crucial topics relevant to the upcoming planting season. The meetings took place in Old Abirim, Nkwateng, and Amuana Praso on the 19th, 21st, and 22nd of February 2024 respectively. There was a total of one hundred and ninety-nine (199) participants at the program with fifty-three, eighty-seven and fifty-nine from each respective community. The gatherings, scheduled from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm each day, provided a platform for interactions between the Department of Agriculture staff and the local farmers.

The “Night with Farmers” facilitated discussions on several significant agricultural topics which were led by staff of the various District Agric Units. The discussions covered key areas such as Fall Armyworm Management and Control, Planting for Food and Jobs Phase 2, Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD), Rabies Control, Distribution of Oil Palm Seedlings, Awareness Campaigns and Community Engagement.
Based on the outcome of the program, the following recommendations were proposed:
1. Implement a monitoring and evaluation framework to track the progress and impact of agricultural interventions discussed during the program.
2. Strengthen partnerships with relevant stakeholders including government agencies, NGOs, and private sector entities to enhance support for agricultural development initiatives.
3. Conduct periodic follow-up meetings with farmers to address emerging challenges and provide additional support and guidance as needed.

Overall, the Programme witnessed 47% women involvement and the grand total revealed a significant turnout, indicating strong farmer engagement and interest in collaborative initiatives. The “Night with Farmers” program organized by the Birim North Department of Agriculture demonstrated the commitment of the Department to empower local farmers and promote agricultural growth and resilience within the District.

The program also served as a valuable platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration between agricultural stakeholders and local farmers. The discussions on crucial topics such as pest management, agricultural initiatives, and livestock health highlighted the importance of proactive measures for sustainable agricultural development in the District.

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