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Agricultural experts target reduction in greenhouse effect ignition

Accra, Nov 7, GNA – Directors in Ghana’s agricultural sector in the Upper West Region have received training on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) techniques to help farmers work around climate change activities that will reduce greenhouse effect ignition.

The agricultural experts who gathered at a three-day meeting in Wa discussed extensively the agriculture component of Ghana’s National Determined Contributions (NDC) on CSA and mulled ways to feature it into their daily activities across the districts.

Ahead of the discussion, the Upper West Regional Director of Agriculture, Mr Emmanuel Sasu Yeboah, urged the Directors to mainstream climate change activities into their daily activities in the districts.

« I want us to discuss issues in the light of mainstreaming our plans to enhance our livelihoods in a more sustainable way, » though Ghana’s ignition reduction growth was uncontrollably lower than its greenhouse gas ignition by 15 percent, he said.

Ghana’s adaptation growth is to increase the country’s resilient and decrease vulnerability for enhance sustainable development programmes of actions with regards to food and agriculture to modify community conservation of agriculture.

According to Mr Yeboah, the policy was not funded by government, however he urged the Directors to mainstream it into their daily activities in order to attract funding support from partners.
Dr Sindim D. Timothy, the Lambussie District Director of Agriculture, complained about how charcoal burning was rapidly depleting soil fertility and causing deforestation.

He suggested that government should quicken the implementation of its leading programmes such as the One District One Factory and One Village One Dam to engage the many unemployed youth who were noted for cutting down the trees for livelihood.

The Policy Officer of Ghana Trade and Livelihood Coalition, Mr Emmanuel Wullingdool, suggested that Agric Directors organized farmers into groups for effective training on climate change activities.

« We have been engaging farmers as part of our CSA sensitization, but language barrier is our major challenge but if they are in groups, those who understand English can teach their colleagues, » he said.

Mr Nathaniel Laryea, a Representative from Crop Service Department of Ministry of Food and Agriculture, advised participants to start working with the NDC Policy Plan on CSA in their respective areas of operation to attract financiers.

« No organization would support you if your activities are not linked to climate change because it is a global priority, » he said.

The experts discussed and shared ideas on climate change activities that they were practicing at their respective areas to increase production and to conserve Ghana’s environment.

Agriculture Directors, Engineers, Nongovernmental Organisations as well as development partner organizations participated in the three-day session.

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