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Small and Medium-scale farmers to receive 520 tractors

Small and Medium-scale farmers under the mechanization component of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme are to receive 520 tractors to boost Agriculture.
The tractors comprises of 300 global mini tractors for small-holder farmers and 220 Cabrio four wheel compact tractors for medium-scale farmers.
Director of the Agricultural Engineering Services Directorate of Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Amatus K. B. Deyang, made the announcement during a field trip organised by Knight a.s Transfer of Technology suppliers of the tractors, to the Awutu Senya Municipality in the Central Region, led by the Chief Executive Officer of tue company, Dr. Karl Laryea.
He noted that the equipment would be distributed to farmers at subsidised prices and at a 40 percent discount.
He noted that the equipment would be distributed to farmers at subsidised prices and at a 40 percent discount.
He said that the compact tractor for plantation farms such as oul palm, mango, and citrus would be given to farmers at GHC125,000, with an additional Cabrio II compact tractors at GHC150,000, and an amount of GHC127,000 would be meant for general farming.
Mr. Deyang explained that farmers who made 50 per cent of the cost would be given the tractors, adding that, farmer groups could also contact MoFA for special arrangements.
He said the tractors would boost the Planting for Food and Job programme by addressing gaps in the production value chain, adding that, it would also bring huge relief to rice farmers who suffered post harvest losses because they were unable to harvest their produce on time.
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“We have supported farmers with subsidised seeds and fertilizer, but if it comes to farm operations, it has been difficult for the farmers. So with these tractors, they will be able to carry out farm operations on time in order not to miss out on any stage of the farming season”, he said.
He however urged farmers to form cooperatives to be able to improve on their farming activities.
Miniater of Food and Agriculture, Doctor Owusu Afriyie Akoto signed a 20-million euro credit facility with Export Bank of the Czech Republic to support the PFJ policy during the opening session of the 2018 Agriculture Trade Fair Show.
The money was in two tranches, the first being for the procurement of 220 sets of compact tractors, and the second tranche used to purchase 300 multi-purpose mini tractors.
The credit facility came with no interest payment by the farmers and no financial commitment on the part of government. The farmers are however, given four years to work and pay for the tractors.
By Agnes Melissa Yovo | REPORTER

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