Business News of 2014-04-11

Farmers urged to adapt new trends in farming

The Minister for Upper West Region, Mr Bede Ziedeng, has urged farmers in the region to adapt to new trends in farming in order to increase their yields.

He said farmers, particularly those in the region who remained conservative with farming methods and practices, risked working in vain when new trends could boost their yields and make their toil more profitable.

According to him, authorities of a recently installed rice mill project in the region had threatened to stop buying rice products from farmers in the region unless they could produce high quantities that make economic sense to the milling plant.

“Whether in terms of methods and practices, or in terms of improved seeds and plants, it is necessary to adapt to the right system to have improved yields to make more money and to provide food security for the country,” he said.

Mr Ziedeng made the remarks in Wa where he presented two tractors and a tricycle to three farmers from the Upper West Region who won the awards at last December’s National Farmers’ Day celebration.

Alhaji Antiku Abdulai from the Nadowli District received a Plus 90 inter-coller tractor for emerging the overall first runner-up, while Alhaji Abdulai Jagaji from the Sisala West District received a New Holland TT55 tractor as the national best farmer (in livestock).

Maulvi Mohammed bin Salih of Wa West District won a tricycle for being the national best farmer (agro-forester).