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Monday, 25 September 2017

Ghana: GIZ trains agricultural staff on pests and diseases control

The German International Co-operation (GIZ) has kicked started its first series of training aimed at building the capacities of regional and district staff of agriculture as well as Agriculture Extension Agents (AEAs) on pests and disease control. Pests and diseases have been identified as one of the biggest threats to the success of the Market Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP); a 160 million Euros project that is co-financed by the European Union (EU) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) and the German Government. MOAP is being implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) with support from GIZ, hence the essence of the series of capacity building trainings for all MoFA staff within the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) Zone Six. SADA Zone Six comprises all 11 districts in the Upper West Region and three districts in the Northern Region.Briefing the Ghana News Agency on the training, Mr Charles Kwame Sackey, Component Manager, Decentralization and Agriculture Development, said the pests and disease management and control training was based on the seven selected value chain commodities. They include, rice, sorghum, mango, cashew, vegetables, soya bean and groundnuts. Mr Sackey said the training would build the capacity of the officers to support farmers to control pests and diseases on their farms in order to get maximum yields. The first series of trainings brought together about 90 participants drawn from Sissala West, Sissala East, Wa West, Wa Municipal, and Wa East Districts including the Regional Officers of Agriculture.

Source: www.newsghana.com.gh

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