By Sumaiya Salifu Saeed, GNA
Ho, Mar. 08, GNA - The Ho Municipality is to record an increase in rice farmers this year.
Mr William Afari, Ho Municioal Director of Agriculture told the Ghana News Agency that through the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) initiative, more farmers who benefitted from improved seeds and subsidized fertilizers last year, were increasing their rice farms.
He said a new breed of rice seed to be added to the programme would allow rice to grow well on cassava and maize lands, which was exciting farmers to increase their rice farms.
Mr Afari said the new breed known as “upland rice”, performed better on upland and had higher market value than those planted in swampy areas.
He said a private agro company was helping farmers in the Municipal area in mopping of rice for easy marketing.
Mr Afari noted that the only challenge was the unavailability of small machinery for rice harvesting, which was not a component of the initiative.
Last year, the Municipality through PFJ supported 2,608 beneficiaries made up of 1,789 males and 819 females as against 2,084 who benefitted in 2017 comprising of 1,608 males and 476 females.