A Business Specialist at Ghana Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (GAMSAP), David Darkoh says GAMSAP has introduced a four-year partnership with Dupont-Pioneer and USAID aimed at increasing productivity and profitability as well as improving post-harvest handling practices of smallholder maize farmers in Ghana. He was speaking at a farmerâ€™s field Day, featuring a learning processes offered within the project at Nsoatre and Kobedi in the Brongâ€“Ahafo Region. Mr. Darkoh said the Farmers Field Day was necessary for the participating farmers to share experiences on competitive maize production using Pioneer hybrid 30Y87 seed as compared to the local hybrid seeds. He said the project is being implemented by Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE) Program to increase adoption of hybrid maize seed and related good agricultural practices. Mr. Darkoh noted the project has helped participating farmers to raise yields from two tonnes to six and seven tonnes on the same piece of land. According to him, in 2014, the project directly impacted three thousand farmers and aims at increasing from seven thousand to ten thousand at the end of 2015. The Public Relation Officer of Â Dizengoff Ghana, Elaine M Arthur told GBC that they are the importers and the distributers of the Pioneer hybrid 30Y87 seeds for farmers in the country. She called on farmers to take the advantage of the Pioneer seeds and other chemicals to help increase their farm produce. The DuaYaw Nkwanta Distract Director of Agriculture, John Ayisi Jatango, expressed his happiness to ADVANCE, about the four year project implemented in the Brong-Ahafo Region. He called on the farmers to embrace the Pioneer seed and its farming practices to increase market linkages with end buyers. The two farmers, Kusi Baffour and Johnson Kwaku Kyere who were among the first out-grower business leaders who took part in demonstrating the use of pioneer hybrids conformed to the gathering that they obtained a high yield after using the pioneer hybrid 30Y87. They indicated that as part of the partnership with GAMSAP, they benefited from business training programs that have helped them to improve their agri-business ventures as a whole.
Source:Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com