Ghana Mission (USAID-Ghana), the US Agency for International Development is providing new technologies and improved seeds to increase Rice production to promote food security and incomes in Upper West Region.
The USAID five year funded “Feed the Future Ghana Agricultural Technology Transfer (ATT) project” is to increase the competitiveness of rice, maize and soybean value chains, nurturing broad-based and sustained economic growth through the enhanced availability of agricultural technologies and increasing productivity in Northern Ghana.
The Project has introduced Urea Deep Placement (UDP), rice transplanting, the provision of certified rice seeds, free fertilizers and planting on rolls technologies to dry season rice farmers at Daffiama to increase rice production
The UDP application, involves placing urea briquettes at a depth of seven and 10 cm between four rice plants seven to 14 days after transplanting to improve nitrogen fertilization in irrigation rice systems.
The technology helps to reduce nitrogen losses through run-off, and leaking volatilization and enhances the availability of nitrogen for the crops.
Technology also covered up weeds growth thus reducing cost of weeding while increasing yields and reducing cost of fertilizer.
The farmers are now reaping 40 bags of rice per an acre as compared to three bags using the indigenous broadcasting system.
It focuses on Ghana’s Feed the Future (FTF) intervention zone covering the Savannah ecological zones of Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions with the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) being the lead implementer of the ATT project.
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