Key Achievements For 2012

Disseminate existing technological packages to small holder farmers

  • 170 Field demonstration sites on root and tuber crops (155 sites with improved cassava coupled with 15 sites with improved sweet potato) were established in 64 districts in 10 regions to showcase various improved technologies e.g. use of improved planting materials, correct spacing, minimum tillage, fertilizer application and integrated pest management (IPM). Farmers are now willing to use improved planting materials due to increase in yield and reduction in weeding regimes,
  • 30 acres of 2 newly released cassava varieties are being multiplied e.g.  CSIR-Sika bankye and CSIR-Ampong in 6 districts with 5 regions. Farmers & other stakeholders to be supplied with newly released improved planting materials
  • Produced and telecasted 10 episodes of video documentary on improved technologies on root and tuber crops on National Television (GTV) in collaboration with Farm Channel from WAAPP implementing districts. Farmers and other stakeholders educated on improved cassava processing
  • 12,000 flyers produced on good husbandry practices for 6 different crops had been distributed to farmers during National and regional Policy fairs to inform and improve on the knowledge of the beneficiaries.
  • ISU-DAES collaborated with other Technical Directorates in developing educational materials on good soil and water management practices with farmers in collaboration with AGRA and Africa Soil Health Consortium (print, video and audio)
  • 1394 farmers (846 males and 548 females) have benefitted from sweetpotato (Apomuden 〈with β-carotene〉, Sauti Faara and Santom Pona) and cassava (Bankyehemaa, techbankye, Sikabankye, CSIR-Ampong and Cape Vars  Bankye) Improved varieties of cassava and sweetpotato released to farmers to increase yield
  • The platform for e-Extension is built, e-laboratory established at DAES and pilot being run in the Greater Accra and Eastern Regions. Quality of service by field staff will be increased and also increase  the coverage of dissemination of agricultural information to farmers and other stakeholders
  • 10 Districts have been selected for the pilot phase of the e-extension and the District Agriculture Officers in pilot districts have already been trained. District Agriculture Officers  skills and knowledge on the use smart phones to disseminate information  upgraded.

Strengthen FBOs to serve as input dealers

  • 170 FBOs in the Northern, Upper East, Upper West and Brong Ahafo regions had been facilitated along the value chain to form district network of FBOs. Networking achieved among farmers. farmer to farmer extension enhanced,
  • 600 FBOs (3000 members) have been trained on Enterprise Development (Capacity Building of Active FBOs) in all 10 regions in the country. Farmers knowledge had been improved on quality standards in response to demand from clientele, networking development, honouring contractual obligations, Lobbying and advocacy,
  • Inaugurated Australian Supported Farmer Based Organisation Capacity Development Project to ensure FBOs have improved service delivery and increased access to markets along the agricultural value chain. The Project will ensure marked  improvement in farmer extension in the country,
  • 2000 copies of Manual for Enterprise Development modules for FBOs developed, printed and distributed to farmers to step up education of farmers within their organisations. Farmers knowledge upgraded to train other members
  • FBO secretariat facilitated an orientation workshop for NGOs engaged by Rice Sector Support Project (RSSP) for FBO development. This has helped in ensuring uniformity in the FBO development agenda

Build capacity of field officers in the use of new technologies

  • 77 District officers from 35 districts from 10 regions were trained on guidelines for the establishment of field demonstrations on improved cassava and sweetpotato varieties in collaboration with Directorate of Crop Services (DCS). Regional and District Agriculture Officers (Extension) now have the capacity to establish and supervise community field demonstrations

Improve capacity of MOFA staff in extension service delivery in the regions

  • Monitoring visits undertaken by the Directorate to the (64) Districts in the 10 regions to verify work on the community field demonstrations.  
  • Conducted monitoring visit to the ten (10) regions to  participate and technical backstop in their regional management meetings. Provided feedback with regard to policy issues, improved the technical skills of the officers and this enhanced extension delivery in the country

Facilitate the adoption of improved technologies by men and women along the value chain

  • 10 regional RELC planning sessions were facilitated and participated in 10 region in collaboration with CSIR Out of the 20 researchable farmers’ constraints identified, 17 are to be completed by the close of 2012. Interim completion reports had been sent by CSIR to the Ministry,

Effective institutional coordination

  • DAES collaborated with Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and private sector service providers to implement the CIDA supported food security and environment facility. Farmers in 15 communities acquired knowledge and skills in best practices for fish cage culture (Wa), post-harvest management of onion (Zebilla), improve livestock housing (Garu-Tempane), Agroforestry-Mango intercropped with grains (Bongo)
  • 2000 MoFA calendars were printed and distributed each year at the national, regional and district levels to create awareness of the Ministry activities to the general public.