Farmer Based Organisations (FBOs)have been advised to use the mobile phones to get to the Agriculture Extension Agents (AEAs) in the district for advice and directives on how to resolve challenges on their farms.
Mr Prosper Klu, the District Director of Agriculture for Asene –Manso- Akroso District told the FBOs that the current situation in the country would not make it possible to always get into contact with the AEAs personally for solutions on their farms as it use to be.
Mr Klu was speaking to the Ghana News Agency(GNA) in an interview at Manso in the Eastern Region.
He explained that, the directive on social gathering in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic seems to scare some FBOs in the area hence his advice to them on how to reach the AEAs without meeting them personally.
Mr Klu said AEAs in the district are reaching out to individual farmers and food processors in the district to monitor activities while they educate them on best farm practices and management that enhance agri-business.
In another development, Mr Samuel Adu, an AEA in the district, met with executives of Moral Entrepreneurial Group who are into food processing on how to keep farm records.
He explained that regular farm records were a crucial tool for a successful farming business as it tracks incomes and expenditure.
Mr Adu took the participants through the importance of farm record keeping, types of farm records, and how to draw the record.
Miss Lilly Braine-Jesuane, the leader of Moral Entrepreneurial Group thanked the facilitator and assured that, the knowledge acquired will be transferred to the rest of the group members to promote the business of food processing.
She advised farmers with challenges in literacy to attend programmes of this nature with their children to learn and keep records for them.