Members of SEEDPAG undergo training on best agronomic practices
By: Radio Mak
The Upper West Regional branch of the Seed Producers Association of Ghana (SEEDPAG), in collaboration with the Wa station of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI), has organised a training session on best agricultural practices for its members.
It was to equip seed producers with the needed skills and knowledge on best agronomic practices to enable them to produce good quality and certified seed for farmers following the need for an improved agricultural sector in the country.
The training on the theme: “Building knowledge of SEEDPAG members to produce certified drought resistant maize and soybean seed varieties”, with financial support from Skill Development Fund (SDF), was attended by about 50 seed producers from the Sissala East and Wa Municipalities, Nandom, Nadowli/Kaleo, Wa East and Sissala West Districts.
In his presentation, Dr. George Y. Mahama, an Agronomist at the CSIR-SARI noted that the development of the agricultural sector of the country depended on the production of good quality seeds for farmers.
He urged seed producers to adhere to best agronomic practices to enable them to produce quality seeds that were drought resistant, high yielding and could transform the agricultural sector and the fortune of farmers.
Dr. Mahama, took the participants through best agronomic practices in cowpea, maize, rice and soybeans production including proper pest and weed control and proper fertilizer application among others.
For his part, the Upper West Regional President of SEEDPAG, Alhaji Nuhu Salifu Orison encouraged members of SEEDPAG to see seed production as business and urged them not to cecum to the challenges confronting the sector.
He cited erratic rainfall pattern, adverse whether condition as well as high cost of foundation seeds as some of the challenges inhibiting the sector.
Some of the participants commended SEEDPAG, SDF and the CSIR-SARI for taking the initiative to boost their knowledge and skills in seed production.
Madam Moro Hawawu, a seed producer at Sissala West District called on farmers to resort to improved seeds to scale up their production for the growth of the region.
She said “rice production in the north, especially Upper West is going down and farmers have to take rice farming seriously because we women and children we like rice”
Alhaji Baawuoro, a seed producer at the Sissala East Municipality, entreated the leadership of SEEDPAG to establish a seed cleaning centre in the Sissala East Municipal to help provide ready service to seed producers in the area.