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Business News of Saturday, 6 June 2015

Source: GNA

SADA to reallocate tractors to farmers

The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), is to reallocate 270 tractors to individual and commercial farmers across its operational regions.

This has become necessary owing to the misuse of the tractors and low repayment of input credit under the scheme- Agricultural Input Support Programme.

The new SADA board has directed that the programme should be put on hold whilst concrete steps are taken to repackage it.

The directive is to ensure that farmers across its operational areas are not unduly denied tractor services and also save SADA from high tractor maintenance cost.

Mr Charles Abugre, Chief Executive Officer of SADA made this known at the 5th SADA Stakeholder Coordinating Committee Meeting in Wa on Thursday.

He said Management has achieved some reasonable success in the recall of some tractors from technical service providers, whilst a few are due for collection through the legal process.

He said SADA is committed to support communities to improve the agriculture production and also working with other actors to find ways of making credit available to the farmers to enable them scale up agriculture activities.

Mr Abugre said SADA is co-investing in the Sisili-Kulpawn Irrigation Project to develop 400 hectares.

The project would cost 11,600,000 Euros with funding from IWAD Ghana Limited and facilitated by SADA to promote profitable farming systems in the Sisili-Kulpawn Basin through large scale modern irrigation and innovative land and water management practices.

Other partners and funding sources include Wageningen University, the Netherlands, the Rebel Group International and the Sustainable Water Fund of the Netherlands.

The project is currently operating at 30 per cent capacity.