Stakeholders sensitized on project that would transform agriculture in the Savanna zone.

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector including farmers in the Tolon district of the Northern Region have been taken through a sensitization on the Savanna Zone Agricultural Productivity Improvement Project (SAPIP).

The meeting was to discuss; create understanding on the project and also to examine the various roles the stakeholders would play in the project implementation for better coordination and management.

SAPIP is a 56 Million Dollar project, financed by the Ghana Government, the African Development Bank and beneficiary communities who are providing land for the cultivation of specific agricultural produce such as maize, soya and rice and vegetables.

Some 250,000 farmers including women in Tolon, Kumbungu, Savelugu Municipal, Nanton, West Gonja, West Mamprusi, and Builsa South districts are being targeted during the SAPIP implementation.

Speaking at the Tolon sensitization, Northern Regional Director of Agriculture, William Boakye Achempong stated that the overall objective of transforming agriculture for food, nutrition and income securities can only be realized when stakeholders play their roles effectively. Mr. Achempong said government is therefore backing its policies, with an effective implementation plan in place.

SAPIP is part of a broader programme by the African development bank, was launched to transform agriculture on the Africa’s guinea savanna of 400 million hectares covering 25 countries by making the savanna more attractive and competitive to create wealth and improve livelihoods in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner.

Project Co-ordinator of the Savanna Zone, Agricultural Productivity Improvement Project, Felix Dari-Mani gave an overview of the project.

Adam Mohamed, Co-ordinating Director for Tolon District, welcome the inclusion of the district in the SAPIP saying; agriculture which is the main source of livelihoods for majority of the people, would be transform thereby improving in their socio-economic situation in the long run.

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