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Desist From Using Artificial Fertilizers – Farmers Advised

Farmers have been advised to desist from using artificial fertilizers and other alternative chemicals in farming since it has serious health implications on consumers.

Mr Kofi Amponsah, the Tano North Agricultural Extension Officer, gave the advice at a training programme on organic compost at Bredi in the Tano North Municipality of Brong-Ahafo Region on Wednesday.

The training is for a group of beneficiary farmers under the Green Skills Project of Plan Ghana.

It was jointly organised by Plan Ghana, an affiliate of Plan International, and Women Integrated Development Organisation, a local NGO responsible for the implementation of the project.

Mr Amponsah observed that the soil nutrients and minerals had, over the years, been depleted by the use of harmful chemicals, which polluted farm produce and urged the farmers to practice organic farming for high yield and good quality crops because organic manure improved the soil’s chemical properties.

He said food crops produced through organic farming methods were healthier adding; “Organic farming is cost effective as compared to the conservative farming while monies spent in buying fertilizers could be used to expand the farm.”

He said chemical fertilizers polluted water bodies, which did not only affect human health but destroyed aquatic lives, especially fishes and increased air pollution.

Mr Moses Adama, a Leader of Osofokrom Mushroom Farmers Group, appealed to the authorities to connect group members to some hotels and guest houses for ready market for their products.

He said transportation and methods of preservation of their products had been their major challenge and appealed to the Sunyani Municipal Assembly to install a processing plant for the mushrooms to enable them to produce on a large scale for export.

The training coincided with a visit of officials of Plan Ghana and three trustees from the United Kingdom.

The trustees were at the programme as part of their familiarisation visit to beneficiary communities under the Green Skills Project (GSP).

Under the GSP, small scale farmers and business enterprises are provided with skills to undertake their activities in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Beneficiary communities visited include Daadom and Osofokrom in the Sunyani Municipality.

The European Union is sponsoring the GSP, which is being implemented in the Greater Accra and Brong-Ahafo regions.

It is designed for a three-year period to benefit more than 6000 women and youth to understand the green skills method of doing farming and other businesses to protect the environment.

Source: GNA

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