The 2021 overall best farmer for the Wa Municipality, Issahaku Tungbani, has bemoaned the bad rainfall pattern as a major setback to farmers, which affected productivity this year.
According to Mr. Tungbani, although the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) program fertilizer was helpful to farmers this year, the rainfall pattern affected their yield.
He however urged his colleague farmers not to feel despair with the happenings and rather learn from it going into the next farming season. He further called on them to farm hand in hand with the agricultural experts and/or Extension Officers to get the best out of their farms.
Corroborating the claim at the 37th farmers day celebration under the theme “Planting for Food and Jobs – Consolidation Food Systems In Ghana” at Biihee, the Wa Municipal Chief Executive, Ahaji Issahaku Tahiru Moomin said the rainfall pattern favoured legumes and groundnuts to the disadvantage of other crops.
“With the high dependency on rainfed agriculture systems, the beginning of the rainy season saw a fairly stable rainfall pattern that favoured legumes production. Our preliminary yield figures of 2021 so far indicate an increase in groundnuts and cowpea production, 2.4 ton/ha and 2.4 ton/ha respectively. This indicates marginal increase in the two crops. However heavy rain witnessed in the month of August and September affected some crops especially maize and rice”.
Alhai Tahiru Moomin further indicated that, the PFJ program has triggered a marginal increase in acreage from 35,000 acres to 35,612 acres this year with a total of 77,269 beneficiaries, 60,680 represents males while 16, 589 females.
The Municipal Chief Executive used the opportunity to call on the masses to desist from indiscriminate bush burning this harmattan to avoid destroying farm produce and properties.