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WOFAGRIC

The Women In Food And Agricultural Leadership Training Forum & Expo (WOFAGRIC) and the Gold In The Soil Awards is a pro-women recognition, empowerment and capacity building –platform conceived by Agrihouse to add further verve to efforts already in place by government and other stakeholders to assist women in the industry through capacity building and empowerment.

The maiden edition of the event last year (2019), held in the Volta Region sought to assess the impact women have, in shaping and directing the conversation on production, processing and marketing, and how farm related components of rural economy can contribute to income generation and employment.

1Household, 1Garden Initiative Introduced to Ensure Food Security During Covid-19 and Beyond

Determined to see a self-sufficient Ghana, the ever pro-active agric non-governmental organization, Agrihouse Foundation is, once more, serving Ghanaians another of its life enhancing initiatives they have aptly called 1 Household, 1 Garden initiative. Already, over 600 households have registered to the initiative within one week of the project’s introduction to the public.

An analysis of households already signed on indicate that 67% come from Accra, 8% from the north, 10% from Ashanti Region and 15% from scattered across the rest of the Regions.

However, in a release issued in Accra, Agrihouse Foundation intimated that the Phase 1 of the project, to rollout in three schemes of implementation, has just been closed in order to allow for proper attention, impact and satisfactory service to each subscribed household. The second phase commences as soon as phase one household subscribers have been effectively taken care of.

In spite of agriculture being a leading growth driver for Ghana’s economy, its potential contribution to growth and development has been underexploited mainly due to a variety of challenges.

Soil Fertility issues in Ghana

The Abuja summit on fertilizer declared that, Sub-Saharan Africa can only increase food production and alleviate poverty when fertilizer use is increased.

Reports by Climate Change and Sustainable Development, indicates that, fertilizer application in Ghana is approximately 15kg ha-1 with the highest depletion rates in Africa ranging from about 40 to 60 kg of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium (NPK) ha-1 yr-1

Fertilizer subsidy in Ghana began in 2008 due to significant increases in fertiliser prices, the aim was to encourage affordability and fertiliser usage.

Despite the implementation of the subsidy program, its purpose is still striving to gain grounds as result, Ghana over the years has missed the Abuja Declaration to increase fertilizer usage among farmers.

The Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Division is one of the five (5) divisions of the Fisheries Commission. It is responsible for the monitoring, control and surveillance of all fishing operations within the fishery waters of Ghana by whatever appropriate means. This include, the management and running of a satellite base station for data transmission relating to the activities of foreign fishing vessels licensed to operate within the zone, the enforcement of the Fisheries Act 625, the Regulations and any other enactment relating to the regulation of fishing activities.

Livestock production is an important feature of the country’s agriculture, and accounts for 14% of agricultural GDP.

It is also a major source of income for farmers in the country. Its socio economic importance in the reduction of rural poverty cannot be over emphasized.

According to the Animal Production Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana currently  imports over 240,000 MT of meat that is, chicken, beef and others to make up for its meat deficit costing the country over USD375 million annually.

The National demand for poultry meat alone is about 400,000Mt with local production of just about 57,871MT an indication that, imports of poultry meat is about 180,000MT with a shortfall of 162,129 MT.

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