AGRICULTURAL SECTOR PROJECTS IN THE REGION
Towards attaining the above listed objectives of the Ministry, a number projects have been put in place regional and nationally to realizing these objectives. They include;
Livestock Development Project
Rice Sector Support Project
AGRICULTURAL SECTOR PROGRAMMES & INITIATIVES IN THE REGION
Root and Tuber Improvement and Marketing Programme (RTIMP)
National Fertilizer Subsidy Programme
FAO Dry Season Support Programme/Initiative
Northern Rural Growth Programme
Village Mango Programme
Youth in Agriculture Block farms Programme
AGRICULTURAL POTENTIALS FOR INDUSTRY
Tomato: Tomato processing remains the chief bottleneck to increased tomato production in the region partly due to Northern Star Tomato Company Limited (NSTC Ltd) not operational. Currently, proposals are being prepared for possible financial consideration.
Meat Processing: Bolgatanga Meat Factory is currently under divestiture and therefore needs an investment support as has been done to the Pwalugu Tomato Factory now Northern Star Tomato Company Limited.
Vegetable oil: Local industries for vegetable oil extraction such as sheabutter, groundnut, and soybean are on small scale with low capital.
Rice: Rice processing for value addition can contribute to improved storage or shelve life, marketing, incomes and nutrition in the region and the country as whole. Quality rice processing will revamp the subsector processing centres like Nasia Rice in Tamale, ICOUR in Upper East, Single Mothers Association, Trade Aid Integrated and many other centres, thus reducing the revenue spent on importation. This will consequently lead to a boost in the Block Rice Farms and create employment for the rural population.
Fruit: Watermelon processing for value addition has a potential for increasing incomes of farm families and improving nutritional status in the region and the country as whole.
Tree Crop: Shea nut tree, the cocoa of the region currently is receiving a lot of attention.
Prospects and Potentials of Agricultural Facilities in the Region
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Number of Irrigated Pumps by Districts in the Upper East Region as at 2008
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Increased Used of Water Pumps from 2004 – 2008
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