Farmers have been advised not to rely solely on outside support to undertake agricultural activities, but to make conscious efforts to invest their own resources in their businesses.
Dr Mutari Abubakari, Coordinator of the Research, Extension, Agriculture and Engagement Committee at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI), who provided advice , said that farmers would view farming activities as business and be serious about it. when they have invested their own resources in it.
He gave his advice during a presentation at an annual forum on sustainable agriculture and business held in Tamale by the non-governmental organization Changing Lives in Innovative Partnerships (CLIP), as part of its program Empowerment for Life.
The forum of the day, brought together about fifty farmers from five districts including; Karaga, Kumbungu, Mion, Saboba and Savelugu, and among other things was to expose farmers to intervention opportunities in the agricultural sector to improve their operations.
Topics covered during the forum included; “Financing Products and Services to Promote Sustainable Agribusiness in Ghana, The Future of Agriculture in Ghana: Synergy between Sustainable Agriculture Research and Development, and Smart Livestock: Improving Sustainable Development”.
Dr Abubakari also advised farmers to adopt improved seeds to increase their yields and deal with post-harvest losses to increase their income.
He said: “Farmers need to adopt improved technologies; this is the way to go. If they rely on their rudimentary recycling of their own seeds, they will not benefit from their business. They should think of farming as a business and they will be serious about it.
Mr. Abukari Yakubu, regional manager of livestock and poultry development in the North, advised farmers to take good care of their animals and keep them in well-ventilated and shaded structures to grow well.
Mr. Yakubu further advised them to sell their animals mainly during the festive seasons to attract good prices and sustainable income.
Mr. Luqman Yussif, FPIC program manager urged farmers to take advantage of the solutions and issues discussed at the forum to increase productivity and income.
Some of the participants praised the forum, saying the lessons learned would help them transform their operations to increase their productivity and income while ensuring food security.