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article imageRain Brings Hope to Ghana Farmers

By Bob Ewing     Jul 18, 2007 in World
Recent rainfall has broken the drought in Northern Ghana bringing the hope that the farmers there will be able to grow enough food to ward off imminent starvation. Farmers urged to replant and not wait for food aid.
Rainfall in Northern Ghana has renewed hope that the farmers may be able to raise crops this season. A two month drought, that has effected the regional agriculture, broke in the Upper East and the Upper West regions on Sunday.
According to Mr. Sylvester Adongo, Northern Regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), this rainfall arrived just in the knick of time because farmers had only one week to replant their crops.
Adongo has urged the farmers to plant crops that reach maturity quickly such as rice, maize and soybeans. If the farmers plant these three crops they have the opportunity to realize a good return for their efforts.
"the harm has already been caused, but we can reverse it to at least retain about 80 per cent of what should have been gained if the rain had come at the appropriate time." Adongo
The Director has appealed to the district assembles and requested that they help farmers obtain the seeds as well as some financial assistance. The farmers have experienced losses due to the lack of rain and some will need help if they are to re-plant.
Regional farmers are being encouraged to get out in their fields and plant right away and to not let another day pass. According to Adongo, farmers must not to wait on the government to provide assistance through food aid, that aid could come late and be no help, even if the government had the ability to provide it.
Some farmers have lost their crops because the rain did not fall and others harvested early and reaped little. The lack of rain caused dams and streams to dry up and disaster was close.
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