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FARMERS RUSH TO REGISTER FOR SADA-AFRICAN CONNECTIONS PROJECT IN ATEBUBU-AMANTIN, PRU AND SENE DISTRICTS

FARMERS RUSH TO REGISTER FOR SADA-AFRICAN CONNECTIONS PROJECT IN ATEBUBU-AMANTIN, PRU AND SENE DISTRICTS

Northern Brong Ahafo, July, 2012: A team from African Connections Ghana Limited (AC) has arrived in the Brong-Ahafo Region to begin registering farmers for the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA)-African Connections maize Producers Project.

 The team arrival in the Region formed part of preparations to begin work on the project for the 2012 major farming season.

 The team was made up Project Managers, Crop Specialists, Communication and Local Government Experts. It was led by the Dr. Ayesha Hakeem, Managing Director of AC who is also the Project Manager.

 The AC team registered maize farmers in the Atebubu-Amantin, Sene and Pru Districts. Registration desks were set up in the district assembly halls of Atebubu, Kwame Danso, and Yeji respectively.

 Also registration desks were set up in farming communities such as Prang and Parambo Number One in the Sene District to register maize farmers who wanted to take part in the project.

 The farmers who turned out in the numbers to register could not hide their preparedness and enthusiasm for the project to begin.

 According to the farmers, their yields are low due to challenges such as low soil fertility, lack of improved seed varieties, equipment and chemicals.

 The farmers were of the belief that the SADA-AC Maize Producers Project will help them increase their yields and incomes through the advisory, extension services and input packages they will receive under the project.

 The SADA-AC project will provide participating farmers with quality inputs, tractor services and technical advisory services.

 Some of the farmers told the team that their lands were already prepared and therefore they were waiting for their Pannar 53 seeds to begin planting. Other farmers also wanted their farm lands to be ploughed immediately to begin planting.

 Some of the farmers who spoke to our team expressed that they were eager to participate because they expect a lot of benefits due to the quality of maize seeds and fertilizer they will receive under the project.

 According to them, what makes the project more attractive was that they will be given the inputs, tractor services and advisory services on credit.

 "We know that the Pannar 53 seed and the improved fertilizer are very good but they are expensive to buy. If SADA will give them to us on credit and we can pay at harvest time, then you do not need anyone to tell you to take part in this project”, said a farmer in Kwame Danso.

   

 Many leaders of the various Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs) in the three districts also took the opportunity to inform their members who rushed to the registration centres to register.

 "I am here because my group leader told me about this project and I needed to come and register because it will help me increase my maize yields for this farming season. Another farmer in Prang told the team.

 Dr. Ayesha Hakeem, Managing Director of AC was happy about the large turn out of farmers and their enthusiasm to register for the project.

 Dr. Hakeem said AC was well prepared to help these farmers to improve their yields by at least 30% by end of the 2012 farming season.

 She noted that the project has come to stay and cautioned the prospective participants to pay back their input credit loans so that they and other farmers could continue to benefit from the programme in farming seasons to come.