Nigeria: Ghana Conservation Farmers Commend Ekiti Public Service Farming Initiative
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
Two Ghanaian conservation agriculture instructors, Mr Francis Boa-Amponsem and Mr MinkaFordjour have commended Ekiti State in Nigeria for initiating the Public Servant Farming groups; saying that the gesture will help Nigeria in saving the $2 Billion the country expends annually on rice importation.
They gave the commendation during a field tour of some Agricultural centres in Ghana by the Public Servants in Agriculture (Agberemi) team.
Boa-Amponsem, who is the Director of the Centre for No-Till Agriculture (CNTA) said the study tour would expose the public servant farmers to new ideas that would improve farm management.
The farm instructor who taught the Agberemi delegation on key topics such as the principles, practices and benefits of conservation agriculture, weed control without the use of chemicals, and soil health among others stated that the techniques learnt could save the farmers group millions of Naira if put into use.
Also speaking, Mr Fordjour who is the Director of Farmersys Agribusiness Solutions limited said Agberemi could exploit the rice market in Nigeria and increase the revenue of Ekiti state particularly by leveraging on the federal govt ban on rice importation.
Fordjour who visited Nigeria in October last year expressed satisfaction that the efforts of the farmers group was already yielding good results as Agberemi planted a 375-hectare rice farm which was harvested in December last year.
In his remarks, the chairman of Agberemi farmers group, Mr Tai Akomolafe said the group had learnt new way to carry out its agriculture businesses, saying the new techniques would be introduced in this year’s planting season.
The team has visited the Centre for No-Till Agriculture in Amanchia and a Rice Processing Mill at Ejisu.
Ekiti state Public servants in Agriculture (Agberemi) is an initiative of the Head of Service, Dr OlugbengaFaseluka.