WAAPP distributes over D3M worth of fertilizers
Monday, July 30, 2012
The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) recently distributed over 2, 970 bags of fertilizers, worth over D3M, to Innovation Platform farmers across the country. The gesture came after the farmers appealed to WAAPP for the timely provision of fertilizers in order to boost their agricultural production and productivity.
Speaking during an interview with this reporter, the WAAPP country coordinator, Sheikh Tijan Sosseh, affirmed that his office procured and distributed 2, 970 bags of fertilizers worth over D3M for the Innovation Platform farmers. He recalled that during the WAAPP’s official nationwide tour with NARI officials in the fields to monitor the Innovation Platform farms, supported by the project, farmers appealed for the provision of fertilizers for their three varieties of crops – maize, groundnut and rice.
The country coordinator asserted that the objective of WAAPP is to increase agricultural production and productivity in the country, noting that in doing so, the approach involved is the generation and dissemination of technology. The aim, he said, is for the farmers to realise the importance of those technologies and utilise them effectively for the purpose of increasing production.
The WAAPP boss noted that they are anticipating much from the farmers, because as he puts it, they are benefiting from free seeds and fertilizers supply. He therefore advised the farmers to put sustainable mechanisms in place for the seeds and fertilizers. He then used the opportunity to call for a concerted effort from all stakeholders with a view to fast track the implementation of the WAAPP.
Author: Susan Jatta