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Farmers urged to plant improved seeds

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Farmers in Babile in the Upper West Region have been advised to cultivate improved seed varieties to increase yield.

The Agricultural Research Station Manager, Dangana Mahama, said planting improved seeds will double productivity.

The Station Manager, Mr. Mahama, was speaking during a field day in Babile, organised for farmers from some communities in the Lawra Municipality, to sensitize them on how to appreciate the performance of improved seed varieties under good agronomic practices.

The programme demonstrated fields for newly released crop varieties which comprise sorghum, cowpea, soybeans, maize and orange fleshed sweet potatoes.

It was funded by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) for farmers to have access to improved seeds under the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) Program.

Mr Mahama said one of the five pillars of the Planting for Food and Jobs is to make improved seeds available to farmers to increase adoption rate since most farmers obtain seeds for planting through the informal means.

He said the seed varieties demonstrated at the Babile Agricultural Research Station are high yielding and have a short maturity period.

Eighty farmers from eight communities participated in the demonstration.

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