SCHOOL-GOING CHILDREN MUST BE TRAINED ON EFFECTIVE FARMING PRACTICES TO BOOST THE AGRIC SECTOR – TANO SOUTH MUNICIPAL AGRIC DIRECTOR
The Tano South Municipal Directorate of Agriculture in collaboration with the Tano South Education Directorate and the Municipal Assembly in the Ahafo region has engaged in adequate agriculture training for the school-going children in some selected schools within the municipality to ensure the students gain access to acceptable farming practices in the society to support the Agric sector.
Some of the beneficiary schools include Adomakokrom Methodist Basic School, Mawaninso Basic School, Holy Trinity School, Samuel Otu JHS, Akobro Basic School
Speaking to newsmen during the monitoring and evaluation exercise conducted on the program, Mr. Paul Addai, the Tano South municipal director of agriculture indicated that the program was organized geared towards the enhancement of agricultural practices in the municipal and the country at large to ensure these young ones are fed with the basic farming knowledge to support the country and their parents in farming.
He added that most students only know of NPK fertilizers for use in farms adding that the exercise has revealed a lot about farming practices and how organic fertilizers are applied on the farm stressing that parents must accept to learn from their children who had access to be part of the training because it will go a long way to enrich their farming activities and improve the interest of the beneficiary students in farming activities.
On his part, the Tano South Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Collins Offinam Takyi expressed gratitude to the Agric director and his staff for their immense contribution towards strengthening the farming desire of school-going children.
He emphasized the need to improve the agricultural knowledge of children in schools explaining that education goes beyond solely reading and writing and so the inclusion of agriculture practices will enlighten the agricultural knowledge of the students.
Mr. Robert Owusu, headmaster of Atuagyankrom D/A primary school who benefited from the program reiterated the need to get actively involved in farming practices explaining that farms serve as a source of income and ensure food security in the country hence the need for all-inclusive in its practices.
He also called on the government to extend helping hands to the schools to ensure a successful implementation of the initiated program, also he charged other schools within the municipal to get themselves involved in the practice to reduce food insecurity in the country.
Story By: Kwaku Mensah Abrampa