–as it’s Marks 50 years
National Democratic Congress(NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Garu, Hon Albert Akuka Alalzuuga has commended the Presbyterian Agricultural Station (PAS) of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, for its humanitarian services to the people of Garu and it’s neighboring districts for the past 50 years.
The MP made the commendation after the station has launched its golden jubilee anniversary in Garu last week.
The Agric Station was established in 1967 at Garu in the Upper East Region to work towards improving Agriculture and standards of people through farming advisory services.
The 50th anniversary celebration of station operation in Garu, Bawku, Pusiga, Binduri and Tempane was on the theme; “Fifty years of agricultural advisory services – the way forward”.
Speaking to THE REPUBLIC after the launching, Hon Alalzuuga said, the station has brought total sight of relief to the people of the constituency for the past 50 years and commended the Church for its benevolent services to mankind.
Within the 50 years, he said PAS has offer tremendous help to farmers in the area of Agric extension services, veterinary services, new variety of cereal crops(millet, sorghum, maize and rice).
“This Presby Agric Station has been operating in our area for years now. For the past 50 years, the agric station has done tremendous job in the areas of agriculture by improving livelihoods of our farmers, many people who could not gotten opportunity to farm in large quantity have had some sort of help including women and persons with disability,” he stated.
Being a beneficiary to the station services during his upcoming, the MP noted that, “through the Agric Station farmers in Garu and other districts have discovered variety of crops which includes the red maize, popularly known in the area as “John Opata” been named after one of the pioneer of the Agric station.
Additionally, Hon Alazuuga said, the agric station has within the period under celebration offered free services for women farmers including persons with disability, financial services to women and provision of scholarship to numerous needy boys and girls in the area.
The station has also established a rural bank known as Bawku East Scale Farms Association (BESSA), which he sad has expanded to become one of the most promising financial institution offering quality services to the people of Garu and the rest of the northern part of the country.
The MP added that the agric station has also help farmers access market to their produces, animal traction by local extension officers, community advocacy, among other services.
While commending the agric station for its tremendous services to the people, Mr Alalzuuga however urged farmers to continue to collaborate with the station technical officers so as to be guided to use modern farming methods.
Mr Solomon Atigah, current Manager of PAS told THE REPUBLIC via phone that, the mission for the station is to promote equitable and sustainable income and food security through the provision of integrated agricultural extension services.
He noted that to fulfil that mission, the station runs a number of programmes including advisory, marketing access, animal improvement, development of farmer based organisations, and conserved agricultural practices among others.
Going forward, Mr Atigah said the station had invested a lot in terms of advisory services to farmers and would in the coming years focus on Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) to make the station vision a reality.
The Pesby Agric Station is the brain child of the first Dutch missionary in Ghana, Rev C B Bot. The station was officially opened in April 1967 by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and has since been engaged in providing agricultural advisory services and community development activities
The working area of the station covers almost the entire Garu-Tempane District and parts of the Bawku Municipal Assembly, Pusiga and Binduri Districts. Majority of the working population in the area (about 90%) are farmers.
The Station is under the leadership of a seven-member Management Board that is responsible for policy formulation and direction of the all the Church’s four agricultural stations in Northern Ghana.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba