The Agriculture Engineering Services Director, Mr. Amatus K.B. Deyang, has called for the proper management of farm equipment to boost agriculture production.
According to him, the frequent breakdown of agricultural equipment on plantations due to improper handling was increasing cost in the industry.
That, he said , was also impeding efforts towards increasing food production and poverty alleviation.
Mr. Deyang who made the call during the graduation of 60 tractor operators, farm managers and technicians who undertook a short training course at the Adidome Farm Institute on Friday, therefore, urged farm managers and tractor operators to ensure proper use of agricultural equipment to achieve food security and job creation.
The training was organised by the Agriculture Engineering Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture under its Agricultural Mechanisation Training Centre Project with support from the Japanese government.
The 60 graduates constituted the fourth batch of trainees to have completed the programme at the institute.
The programme which covered farm safety, tractor and implement maintenance, crop management and plant protection and practicals on tillage, seeding and harvesting, among others, was aimed at reducing frequent breakdown of agriculture machinery due to improper handling and care.
Mr. Deyang said the programme would ensure success for government’s plan to distribute agriculture equipment at subsidised rates to farmers to promote food security.
He thanked the Japanese government for the support and implored the participants to put the knowledge and skills they had acquired into practice.
The Training Coordinator, Mr. Eugene Abio, explained that the project, which started last year would end December 2018.
He said about 1,000 operators were expected to benefit from the training, adding that the Adidome farm institute was responsible for the training of participants from the Southern sector, whilst the Wenchi farm institute trained those in the Northern sector.
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