Agricultural Engineering Services
The RADU, engineering unit has 3 core functions namely;
1. Mechanization – (farm power and machinery)
2. Soil and water management
3. Post harvest management
Agricultural Mechanisation Services Centres (AMSECs)
Four (4) Agricultural Mechanisation Services Centres set up along the coast, major ploughable areas of the region. They constituted the major source of mechanised services to the Block Farm Project in the Central Region.
Each has the following equipment/ Machinery
- 5 tractor heads of (54 hp- 65hp) various bands.
- Land preparation implements (Gang Disc plough, harrows, Riggers and Trailers).
- Some of the centres have other equipment like, maize shelters, 4-6 Row planters and 10m Span Boom Sprayers.
Sale Of Tractors/Equipment
The Central Regional MoFA has in stock
Asuansi Agricultural Research Station
Located in the Abura/Asebu/Kwamankese District.
Asuansi Farm Institute
Inland Valleys Rice Development Project
The objective of the project in the Assin North Municipality is to increase the incomes of smallholder rice producers in the project area by increasing the production of good quality rice through the adoption of good agricultural practices.
The operations of the project in the Assin North area therefore, was centered on activities aimed at achieving the above objectives. The focus of the activities were under the five (5) main project components namely
A total of 64.79 ha of land in designated valleys at Assin Bereku, Assin Asempanaye and Assin Akropong was awarded on contract and is at various level of development. Developed lands are expected to be made available for rice production in the year.
Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Programme
Root and Tuber Improvement and Marketing Programme (RTIMP)
It is mandated to build a competitive and market based root and tuber commodity chain including:
Collaboration With Development Partners
|NO||NAME OF DEVELOPMENT PARTNER||AREA OF COLLABORATION|
|MOAP GIZ||Strengthening of FBOs, capacity building, citrus and pineapple value chain development, institutional strengthening|
|World Vision Ghana||Strengthening of FBOs, capacity building, credit support (Pig, goat, grasscutter, fishery)|
|SNV||Capacity building along Pineapple value chain, FBOs strengthening Research into pineapple|
|ADVANCE||Support training programmes in pineapple and citrus, Facilitate credit support to farmers in pineapple value chain|
|Oasis Foundation||Beekeeping, poultry (cockerels), chilli|
|Plan Ghana||Stregthening of FBOs, farmers’ capacity building, support farmers with irrigation (Livestock and vegetables)|
|Unleashing the power of cassava in Africa (UPoCA)||Cassava|
|One acre||Capacity building in staple food crop production|
|West Africa Fair Fruit||Adaptive trials into pineapple production|
|Millennium Development Authority||FBOs capacity building, provide credits to farmers into maize and vegetables production|
|CSIR||Adaptive trials into sweet potato production|
|School of Agriculture, UCC||Farmer Field Fora (Cassava,sweet potato)|
|Ghana Health Service||HIV/AIDs,TB and malaria control and nutrition improvement|
|School Feeding Programme||Supply of local food stuffs|
|Hunger Project||Credit support to farmers, capacity building for farmers, support self-initiated projects|
|Twifo Oil Palm Plantation||Support oil palm production by providing extension services, processing of palm oil|
|Banks (Kakum Rural Bank, ADB, Pro Credit)||Financial support, consultancy services to clients|
|GRATIS Foundation||Fabrication of Agric machinery|
Fertilizer Subsidy Programme
In 2009, the coupon system was used and in 2010, the Waybill/Receipt System is being used.
|NO||FERTILIZER TYPE||SUBSIDIZED PRICE (GH¢)|
|Compound Fertilizer (NPK)||27.00|
|Sulphate of Ammonia (SOA)||18.00|
The region has 2 irrigation sites at
There is promotion of small scale irrigation schemes using the 6.5 hp and 17 hp pumps, since the region is with water sources.
Kindly contact the Central Regional Office for information /data in machinery situation and the location of various agro-processors, agro-processing fabrication shops and grain storage facilities within the region.
Farmer registration exercise is in progress. A total of 17,585 farmers have been registered.
AUDIO VISUAL VANS
The MoFA, Central Region took delivery of 2 Ford Everest Mobile Information Vans equipped with modern audio – visual equipment for disseminating improved technologies to the masses.
Vans have been used to educate farming communities in the Central Region on modern agricultural production recommendations and to provide agricultural related information and other emerging issues to farmers.
Documentaries on cockerel production, maize cultivation and processing for grains and seed and beekeeping are some of the learning materials being developed for farmers.
ACHEIVEMENTS (2008 – 2010)
BLOCK FARM (MAIZE GRAIN/SEED PRODUCTION)
Grain maize – 481.25 hectares
Seed maize – 279.4 hectares
The cost of land preparation, seed, agro – chemicals (fertilizers, weedicides and pesticides).
Grain farmers – 623 (601males and 22 females)
Seed growers -47
BLOCK FARM (VEGETABLE AND RICE PRODUCTION)
The minor season vegetables and rice Block farms commenced in the beginning of the minor season of 2010. Ten (10) Metro/Mun/District Directorates were involved in the vegetable component whiles one (1) was engaged in rice production.
A total of 103.04 hectares of land was put under vegetable production. Some of the vegetables cultivated included pepper, garden eggs, okra, and cabbage among others. Apart from the Mfantseman Municipal which undertook the production under Irrigation at Baafikrom the rest cultivated at low land areas and also under rainfed conditions. Farmers at Baafikrom had their fields ploughed two times to enhance farming activities.
The numbers of farmers who were involved in the vegetable component totalling 294 made up of 239 males and 55 females.
The rice Block Farm was undertaken mainly by the Okyereko Rice Growers Cooperative at the Okyereko Irrigation site. A total of 106 farmers made up of 66 males and 40 females were involved. A total of 50 hectares of land was under production and at various stages of development. Farmers who planted very early were expected to start harvesting by the end of March. A total of 250 bags of NPK and 250 bags of SOA were supplied to the rice farmers under the Block Farm Project.