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Climate change: Ashanti Region Farmers recording drop in yields

Farmers in Ashanti Region are facing a significant threat from climate change, with some districts recording an alarming drop in crop yields.

Some distressed vegetable farmers in the Atwima Nwabiagya North District have revealed that, their crop yields have been reducing every passing year due to the negative impact of climate change.

This growing crisis has prompted calls for the government to implement strategies to safeguard food security and jobs in the agricultural sector

Most Affected Farmers

One of the leading members of the Vegetable Farmers Association at Fufuo in the Atwima Nwabiagya North District, Mr Kofi Essah said peasant farmers in rural areas have become more pronounced than ever due to the adverse effects of climate change

He spoke to OTEC News Reporter Jacob Agyenim Boateng on Thursday June 6, 2024.

“Peasant farmers in rural areas are the most affected by the myriad of challenges brought on by climate change and I can use my situation as a case study”

“Just this year I cultivated six acres of okro farm, and after nurturing it for a period of time hoping to get enough yields to cover my investment, the crops begun to die in a sudden turn of events”

“I realized that, the crops failed to mature after the rains stopped coupled with a consistent heat on the crops from the sun”

“Now I have lost huge sums of money because the okro farm failed to yield the needed results “.

Mr Kofi disclosed that, the same is the situation most of his farming colleagues who are counting their loses due after losing their cultivated crops due to the adverse effects of climate change

Support from Governments Planting for Food and Jobs Project

The Vegetable Farmers at Fufuo have therefore appealed to the government to enroll them its flagship program planting for Food and Jobs

The noted that, access to farming inputs and loans have been very difficult stressing that, the PFJ project was one of the way to solve that project

The farmers again called on Government for modern irrigation systems to do an all year farming for improved yields.

Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com/Jacob Agyenim Boateng

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