DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Staff strength: 23
Contact: 0244 996 652, 0505 984 877
CORE MANDATES/ FUNCTIONS OF DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
b. To submit reports on the implementation of policies and programmes to the District Assembly.
c. To advise the District Assembly on matters related to Agricultural Development in the district.
d. To promote extension services to farmers.
e. To assist and participate in on-farm adaptive trials, research, education and enforcement of legislation on crops, livestock and fisheries.
f. To promote soil and water conservation measures by the appropriate agricultural technology as well as promoting agro-forestry development to reduce the incidence of natural disasters such as bush fires.
g. To promote an effective and integrated water management, develop animal health services infrastructure and assist in developing forage production, ranges and farm lands.
h. To assist in developing early warning systems on crop and animals diseases.
i. To facilitate and encourage vaccination and immunization of livestock and control of animal diseases.
j. To assist in the development, rehabilitation and maintenance of small scale irrigation schemes.
k. To facilitate the development of programmes and the establishment of close linkage between the various sub-sectors in the district.
l. To monitor and evaluate projects as well as promoting investment in agriculture by assisting to identify and prepare pre-feasibility reports.
m. To co-ordinate the systematic and regular training of frontline staff and facilitate capacity building at the district level through training, workshops and other related career development activities.
PLANTING FOR FOODS AND JOBS
Mode of Recoveries under the Programme by the Department includes:
Through sensitizations as AEAs and their DAOs make it an integral part of their home, field and monitoring visits district wide.
Use of recovery team from the Department of Agriculture
Rigorous Sensitizations on Radio (HI FM and Agoo FM) and through Agric and Tourism Sub Committee and others (DISEC, Justice and Security, EXECO, Management Meetings, General Assembly Meeting etc)
Through Mobile Money and payment lodged into the designated Financial Institution, Odwen Anoma Rural Bank, Mpraeso Agency.
FALL ARMY WORM
TYPE OF CROP NO OF FARMERS AFFECTED INFESTATION LEVELS (HA) TOTAL AREA SPRAYED (HA) AREA COMPLETELY DESTROYED (HA)* PERIOD OF INFESTATION
M F T
Maize 587 263 850 259.0 259.0 12.0 APRIL TO AUGUST
*The 12.0 Hectares are pockets of fields district wide that could not be recovered after spraying and fields were abandoned by the owners.
b. Update as at July, 2018
TYPE OF CROP NO OF FARMERS AFFECTED INFESTATION LEVELS (HA) TOTAL AREA SPRAYED (HA)* AREA COMPLETELY DESTROYED (HA) PERIOD OF INFESTATION
M F T
Maize 134 70 204 67.5 66.5 0 APRIL TO JULY
*this leaves an estimated land size of 1.0 Ha that are yet to be sprayed district wide. Field reports from Agricultural extension Agents (AEAs) indicate a low infestation levels on the field and this could be attributed to the fact that most maize fields have been harvested
The Department also adopted the following measures that greatly helped to manage the high infestation levels in the district:
a. Scouting for the worms with the use of pheromone traps
b. Formation of 139 Nnoboa Spraying Gangs at various operational areas.
c. Sensitization on correct spraying regimes (night spraying recommended)
d. Sensitization on use of correct dosage for spraying
e. Sensitization of basic and secondary schools of Fall Army Worm
f. Sensitization of farmers on the over reliance on Government for support to fight the menace
g. Availability of a list of alternative insecticides for farmers to buy to supplement government efforts
h. Sensitization/ training of farmers on identification of FAW infestation.
FALL ARMY WORM DATA OF KWAHU SOUTH DISTRICT
DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL POTENTIAL
Vast arable land for Agricultural Production
The district has large acreages of fertile land covering both the semi forest and the savannah vegetations that can support any form of agriculture and agribusiness. ie Vegetables and livestock Production in the Adawso Zone; Livestock, Commercial Poultry, Vegetables, Grains and Root and Tuber Production in the Mpraeso Zone and Tree Crops, Livestock, Root and Tubers in the Kwahu Praso Zone.
Perennial Source of Water to Support Irrigation
The Afram, Asuboni and Pra Rivers run through the district. They can support any form of irrigation especially in the Adawso and New Oworobong Operational Areas for year round production of crops, livestock, aquaculture and capture fisheries.
Proximity of the District to major Cities/Industries
The Kwahu South District is not far from Accra, Kumasi and Tema. Farm produce can easily be transported to these cities for consumption, processing and export
Availability of Skilled Technical Personnel
The Department has well trained staff that transfer technology to farmers. They are there to assist any investor when the need arises.
A regular weekly market at major towns in the District especially at Nketepa on Saturdays that attract clients from big cities such as Accra, Tema, Kumasi among others.
Major areas of production: Kwahu Praso ,Sukwa, Asikam,Kwahu Amanfrom, Asakraka, Amate, Nketepa, Pitiku, Adawso, Asubone
Major areas of production: Asikam, Ntomem, Asakraka, Kwahu Praso, Osubeng
Major areas of production: Amate, Asakraka
Major areas of production: Ntomem, Mframa, Osubeng, Kwahu Praso,Sukwa
Major areas of production: Amate, Kwahu Amanfrom, Asakraka, Nkyenekyene, Adawso
Major areas of production: Adawso, Amate, Kwahu Amanfrom, Besease, Osubeng
Major areas of production: Ntomem, Mframa, Osubeng, Kwahu Praso, Sukwa
Major areas of production: Ntomem, Bepong, Kwahu Praso, Osubeng, Asakraka
Major areas of production: Mpraeso, Kwahu Praso, Ntomem, Osubeng
Major areas of production: Kwahu Praso, Atuobikrom, Bepong, Osubeng
Major areas of production: Ntomem, Osubeng, Atuobikrom, Kwahu Praso, Mframa, Besease, Bepong, Formanso, Yirenkyikrom, Asikam
Major areas of production: Ntomem, Bepong, Kayera, Oboum, Gyaekasa, Kwafuo
Major areas of production: Osubeng, Kwahu Praso
Major areas of production: Ntomem, Bepong, Obuom