Harnessing technologies to improve agriculture
Professor Osei-Agyeman Yeboah, project coordinator from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical University, called on farmers to integrate innovations and technology into agriculture to ensure the availability, access, stability and use of food in the country.
He advised during community engagement on the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Center of Excellence for Global Food Security and Advocacy project that s is held in Gizaa in the Tolon District of the Northern Region.
The USDA-NIFA project is implemented in conjunction with 1890 Land Grant universities such as the University of Maryland East Shore and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University.
The project, implemented in the North and Upper East regions, is supported by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR – SARI) to reach communities with the best technologies for increase food security and nutrition in the country.
Professor Yeboah urged farmers to adopt modern technologies such as quality chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, modern agricultural machinery, artificial selection, to increase food production and also to increase nutrient levels in the soil, which would lead to increased crop yields.
He said innovation was a central driving force in achieving a world free from hunger and malnutrition, adding that agricultural innovation systems needed to take into account a strong gender perspective to put knowledge and technology available to women farmers.
Dr. Issah Sugri, Principal Investigator at CSIR – SARI, said the project was to research the development and extension model, which aimed to implement a series of integrated interventions to propel sustainable and resilient agricultural and livestock productivity. in both regions.
He said the project also aims to improve nutrition, value chain strengthening and accessibility to markets for farmers in the northern sector.
He noted that there are a series of integrated production technologies in communities to propel sustainable and resilient agricultural and livestock productivity to increase incomes and food and nutrition security in the country.
Dr Sugri said that so far a series of trainings on feed harvesting, silage preparation, good husbandry practices, crop residue management and compost preparation have been conducted at the farm level to raise awareness of integrated soil fertility management strategies, compost preparation and recycling of agricultural residues. , intercropping and improved varieties.
He said communities have also been trained in other activities such as community initiative harvesting, management of crop residues and manure, and their reciprocal use to increase soil fertility.
He said that over the past two years, the project has conducted four on-farm research fields that were established to showcase the benefits of the maize-cowpea intercropping system on grain yield.
Dr. Sugri said there was a participatory assessment that was carried out in the communities to show the proper use of fertilizers to get higher yield.