Achievements

The Directorate has been able to achieve the following under these main FASDEP objectives

  1. Food Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • Fourteen of improved seed/planting materials for  cassava (4), rice (6) and maize (4) recommended and approved for release in collaboration with the Crops Research Institute
  • Manuals/Protocols for production and guidelines (DUS and VCU) for release and registration in alignment with ECOWAS Variety Release and Registration Procedures developed, validated and finalized for eight different crops
  • Capacity of 60 DDA strengthened on the guidelines for the establishment of field demonstrations and adoption of new technologies for farmers to increase agricultural productivity
  • Guidelines developed for the production and distribution system of certified seeds and planting materials
  • A National Rice Development Strategy Document developed eight concept notes to guide promotional activities on the production, consumption and competitiveness of locally-produced rice
  • Through the implementation of Nerica and IVRDP, 4,106 hectares of land have been developed and put under rice cultivation to produce 10,266.5 tons of paddy rice
  • Through the implementation of the Rice Sector Support Project 1,500ha of lowland in the Northern and Upper West Regions developed and currently under rice cultivation
    • Through the implementation of the Perennial Crops Promotion Project 1,263 hectares of oil palm plantation have been put under cultivation and 11,912 hectares of rubber plantation maintained in the Western and Central Regions

  1. Increased Growth in Incomes
  • Developed strategic project proposal for the revamping of the coconut production to create employment and enhance income generation
  • Established nurseries and multiplication sites for improved seed/planting materials for cashew, tomatoes at the Agricultural Stations for distribution to farmers
  • Through the implementation of the Cashew Development Project, 2mt improved cashew seeds and 40,000 grafted cashew seedlings have been distributed to 23 districts
  • 1,900mt improved cotton seeds imported and distributed to 30 districts and its currently been used for cultivation

  1. Increased competiveness and enhanced integration into domestic and international markets
  • Through the implementation of EMQAP, capacity of 1200 farmers have been strengthened to adopt international standards (Global GAP, fair Trade and Organic), production and post-harvest handling of tropical fruits and vegetables
  1. Sustainable management of land and environment
  • Capacity of 28 AEAs and 150 farmers strengthened on land and water management techniques and practices for adoption to mitigate environmental challenges of climate change
  • Carried out due diligences and collaborated with fertilizer importers to establish database for fertilizer imports for planning purposes
  1. Improved institutional coordination
  • Collaborated with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the private sector to evaluate and revamp the cultivation of cotton