The District Chief Executive for Sawla-Tuna-Kalba in the Savannah Region Madam Barikisu Losina Watara on 25th April, 2022, opened the maiden District level quality seeds and inputs fair at the Sawla modern Ghana park.
In a keynote address, she said that the theme for the event, “Bringing quality certified seeds and other agro-input products to the doorstep of farmers” was more than appropriate as qualitative seeds and inputs were brought to the doorstep of farmers within and around the District.
She said that as people in authority, farmers have and would always be the reason they are in business. She devoted her ultimate gratitude to all farmers in the District and also encourage them to take advantage of the opportunity presented to them to access quality inputs and strike some business deals with all other stakeholders at the fair.
She explained that government takes due cognizance of the fact that agriculture is key to lifting the masses from poverty and underdevelopment in view of its huge potential for food security, sustainable employment generation and overall improved standard of living of the populace.
She used the opportunity to inform farmers in the District that government under the able leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has intervened with increased investment to revamp the agricultural sector with its ongoing flagships projects like the Planting for food and Jobs (PFJ), Rearing for food and jobs (RFJ) Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) for economic growth and transformation to ensure increased access and affordability to quality agro inputs, including seeds.
The DCE thanked the European Union, German Government and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP). She also thanked staff from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture’s Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (MoFA-PPRSD) as well as the Market Oriented Agriculture Programme in North-West Ghana (MOAP North-West) and the National Seed Traders Association of Ghana (NASTAG) for bringing all the agro-input dealers from across Ghana to Sawla.
She used the opportunity to appeal to the organisers for the continuation of the event in all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA’s), especially in Northern Ghana and to be sustained as a seasonal event.
Present at the fair were the Savannah Regional Director of Agriculture, the Director of Agriculture for Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District, staff from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFa), staff of the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District Assembly, input dealers and all stakeholders.