The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Akoto Osei today Saturday visited the rice fields at Birifoh-Cha in the Lawra Municipality.
Though he arrived late as a result of a stop on the way to attend to equally other important issues, the Minister was very glad to arrive in the municipality to be welcomed by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Martin D. Bomba-ire and other Directors of Agric patiently waiting almost whole day for his arrival.
The minister’s first port of call was at ‘Babile’ where he inspected the 135 acres rice field planted and been worked on by about 70 farmers.
The local farmers set up the field about 2yrs ago with support from Antika Company Limited. They are supporting 70 acres whiles the local farmers are managing 65 acres on their own.
The field supervisor speaking on behalf of the farmers showed appreciation of the Minister's visit and further appealed for the government's continues support through the planting for food and jobs programme.
He said it will be of great help to the farmers if government is able to supply them with farm implement, planting seeds, chemicals, more fertilizer, threshing and shelling machines.
He added that, the farmers are also into cucumber, lettuce and watermelon farming and transported tonnes of vegetable products to Wa and the excess to Techiman for sale.
On his part, The MCE, stated that the lands there has been their production source of rice to many in the community and therefore appealed to the minister to support them with an irrigational facility to enable them produce rice and other vegetable crops throughout the year.
The field, according to him, has currently employed 70 farmers, both male and female.
The minister later stopped to share a word with the Regent of Birifoh, other chiefs and elders who also patiently waited for his visit.