127,606 farmers registered
Mr. Shaibu Muniru, a Senior Member of the project team says a project initiated by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) has registered 127,606 farmers to create a national database in the country.
According to him, the programme is also expected to help farmers, farmer-based organizations (FBOs), agricultural producers, traders and processors provide the basis and mechanism to target policies, interventions and outreach programmes to improve marketing strategy.
Mr. Muniru disclosed this in Accra and said expedite action on the preparation of the database, the German Technical Co-operation (GTZ) has provided equipment such as computers and accessories for MoFA.
He pointed out that the first quarter of this year will be devoted in paying visits to peculiar problem areas to monitor and evaluate figures in registered areas where the data are not up to date.
The registration exercise, which began on a pilot basis in July 2010, was able to capture 82,289 farmers as of May, 2011.
The Agricultural Extension Division of MoFA, which is mandated to undertake the exercise, is collaborating with agricultural extension agents (AEAs) in all the 194 operational areas of the division to capture as many farmers as possible.
He said the Northern Region recorded the highest number of farmers of 20,751, whilst the Upper East has the least number of 4,402.