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AC TRAINS FARMERS ON PANNAR 53 MAIZE SEEDS

AC TRAINS FARMERS ON PANNAR 53 MAIZE SEEDS

Northern Brong Ahafo, July, 2012: Farmers participating in the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA)-African Connections (AC) Maize Project have been trained on the planting protocols of the Pannar 53 maize seeds.

The training was to educate farmers to know the dos and don’ts of the Pannar 53 maize seeds before they embark on planting.

The training took place concurrently in the Sene, Atebubu-Amantin and Pru Districts in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Dr. Ayesha Hakeem, Managing Director of AC, said the training forms part of AC’s advisory and extension services which it will provide to all participating farmers.

 

Dr. Hakeem said that the Pannar 53 hybrid maize seed was approved for the project because of its quality and positive impact on yields.

 

She said various regional research trials had been carried out on maize varieties and the results indicated that Pannar 53 has yield superiority and is a top performer.

 

She noted that Pannar 53 is adapted to Ghanaian conditions which make it resistant to many pests and diseases that affect farmers’ crops and yields.

 

She said the overarching objective of the SADA-AC Maize Project was to help increase the yields of maize farmers from the current one and half ton per hector to five tons per hector in the three districts.

 

Dr. Hakeem said the training was therefore in the right direction to ensure that maize farmers plant and apply the right agro-chemicals to achieve the desired results.

 

"To be able to improve yields and thereby increase farmer profits, we need to educate and train farmers on the Pannar 53 seed which is a key component of the SADA improved input supply strategy”, she emphasized.

 

Dr. William Adomako, AC’s Manager, Agricultural Projects, said the training focused on teaching participating farmers how to plant the recommended planting distance and how to apply the recommended fertilizer to improve yield.

 

"To maximize yield, farmers need to plant one Pannar seed per hole as compared to the other maize varieties where farmers plant several seeds in one hole. Farmers are also being trained to plant in rows. We are teaching farmers under the project to adhere to these protocols to improve yields”, he emphasized.

 

Dr. Adomako noted that a team of AC crop specialists will be visiting the farmers regularly to provide extension service to ensure that the SADA-AC Maize Project achieves the expected results.