Department of Agriculture engages basic schools in gardening

School Gardening

The Department of Agriculture, under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture within the Akatsi South Municipality is embarking on an exercise to assist Basic Schools within the area to set up gardens.

School GardeningThe exercise is to create more awareness among Basic School children to see farming as a way of life and as a business to increase income and improve food security.

Mr Charles Grunitzky, the Akatsi South Municipal Director of Agriculture, during a visit by a team to some selected schools, stated that “farming is no longer for school dropouts but for the educated.”

Madam Lydia Akum, the Women in Agriculture Development (WIAD) officer, educated the pupils on good nutrition.

Some examples she highlighted include soya khebab, soya milk and others to improve household nutrition.

She also encouraged the girls to see farming as a business venture.

Mr Kudiabor Richard, the Akatsi South Municipal Crops officer, gave highlights into the scientific methods of gardening- free from the use of chemicals, and the new organic farming system.

The schools visited, including Kingship Knowledge Academy and Zuta DA Basic, expressed joy to the officers for offering seedlings of various to them for free.

There was also some education on good agronomic practices such as choosing improved varieties of planting in line, pest and disease management to increase yield, among others.

The move, with sponsorship from Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG), the Government of Ghana in collaboration with the Akatsi South Municipal Assembly, offered the beneficiary school pupils to share the newly acquired knowledge with their parents, family members and others.

It was also supported by the Akatsi South Municipal Education Service through the Nutrition Friendly School Initiative Programme.

The Nutrition-Friendly Schools Initiative (NFSI) is a school-based health and nutrition programme adopted to implement a set of school-based health and nutrition activities aimed at improving the school environment to make it more nutrition sensitive.

By Agbaxode Emmanuel, GNA


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