SNV Ghana engages farmers on climate smart agriculture
Industry players in the agricultural space were engaged and reminded of the need to rethink climate-smart agriculture to preserve the environment while increasing their yields.
The exhaustion of the horizon by the inaction of mankind is gradually presenting an imminent environmental crisis that must be addressed.
The engagement, organized by SNV Ghana, is part of the “Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn)” project.
Project Green is a four-year action of the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana, the Netherlands Development Organization SNV and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF ).
SNV Ghana agricultural advisor Mr. Wisdom Konwuruk said the effects of climate on agriculture are becoming very important and cause for concern, hence the need for mitigation measures especially in the agricultural sector. to avoid low yields, low incomes and instead promote best practices that respect the environment.
He said the climate smart concept included inter alia mixed cropping, integrated farming systems, organic farming and crop rotation.
The agricultural advisor stressed the need to expose farmers to the concept of smart agriculture taking into account changes in weather conditions and rainfall.
He also mentioned some techniques such as tear-off technology which promoted row planting and saved energy as less land was used, adding, “whereas pond technology is a suitable way to retain the water around the planted seeds, this method is not suitable for areas of the western region “.
Mr. Konwuruk also explained ground cover technology as a method where crop residues were distributed evenly across the farm without burning them.
According to him, this was to make sure that the nutrients from the cut stems were reabsorbed into the soil.
The advisor encouraged mixing legume crops like peanuts and beans with other crops to ensure that the land receives the nutrients needed for crop growth.
Mr Konwuruk said that with increasing fossil emissions from machines and cars, deforestation leading to greenhouse effects that have affected climate models, the best way to generate higher profit and ensure the food security was the adaptation of climate smart agriculture.
Mr. Konwuruk said that SNV Ghana had designed a training method in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture to train and mentor some farmers in the field.
Mr. Michael Abrokwaa, SNV Ghana Energy Advisor, said his organization was implementing a green intervention in the region to create greater economic and employment opportunities for youth, women and return migrants by promoting and supporting sustainable and green businesses.
Currently, their green program executed in Ashanti and Western is implemented under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) to
Mr. Abrokwaa said that as part of the green project, SNV Ghana and UNCDF are partnering with the Private Finance Advisory Network (PFAN), GIZ Ghana and the British Council to organize a three-party green SME fair. days to highlight and present green businesses in the Western Region.
The areas of intervention would be access to finance, entrepreneurial opportunities in the green space, energy and water, sanitation and hygiene and agriculture to upgrade activities in the environment. green.
The energy adviser added that an exhibition was also organized for existing players to showcase what can be done and encouraged new entrants adding: “We want the West region to know that the sector is cost effective while improving durability. “