Farmers Apply Change in Climate Technology to Farm

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Agriculture, Capacity Development, Learning, News

Some small holder farmers in five communities in the Savelugu Nanton Municipality have adapted to climate change effects such as low rains, often resulted in low crop yields.

Some of the farmers explained that although the area recorded low rains in the last farming season, their yield increased by 100 per cent due to the exposure to good agronomic practices and training on climate resilience.

The farmers told the GNA in an interview at the sidelines of a ceremony held at Langa, a farming community in the Savelugu Nanton Municipality on Tuesday by the Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS) to hand over 25 silos to the five communities.

The presentation of silos to the communities formed part of Climate Change Adaptation in Northern Ghana Enhance (CHANGE) project, being jointly implemented by the Canadian Feed the Children (CFTC), Farm Radio and RAINS, which sought to build the capacity of farmers to understand the causes and effect of climate change as well as introduce them to innovations to reduce vulnerability.

Madam Awalbu Lansah, 40, mother of four said, her yield of maize increased from four maxi bags per acre to 10 maxi bags per acre.

“The yield increase has improved the livelihood and nutrition of my family as well as members in the community. It is an open secret that we are not afraid of climate change effects because we have a fair idea about it,” she said.

Madam Lansah said, as part of the commitment of farmers in the community towards conservation they had switched from the usage of chemical fertilizer to organic manure to help improve soil fertility and had embarked on tree growing in their various vicinities.

“We have stopped felling trees and the indiscriminate burning because we have been educated that all those practices caused harm to the environment especially soil”, she emphasized.

Mr Mohamed Kamel Damam, Project Coordinator for Climate Change Adaptation in Northern Ghana Enhance (CHANGE) project and RAINS, who handed over the silos to the beneficiary communities, explained that the facility was part of effort to ensure food security in the region and also address the urgent needs of small holder farmers.

He said the facility, which could store a total of ten maxi bags of maize would help reduce insect infestations.

Mr Damam, said the CHANGE project, which was funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) was benefiting communities of Zoosali, Tindang, Kpachilo, Langa and Yilikpani, adding that, farmers there had already been trained on the usage of the facility.

Abdulai Imoro, a beneficiary on behalf of the farmers expressed gratitude to the CHANGE project and said the facility would help address post-harvest losses in the community, which was a major problem.

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