DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
TAMALE METROPOLITAN ASSEMBLY
ADDRESS: P O BOX 14
EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
A food secured metropolis where agriculture is undertaken as a business venture by the practitioners in an environmentally sustainable manner.
To ensure sustainable food security in the metropolis by extending scientifically proven technological packages to all categories of operators in the agricultural sector, technically backstopping and providing requisite solutions for the challenges of our clients, providing relevant information and imparting skills to our farmers for enhanced agricultural productivity and to treat all our clients equally.
- Advice on policy plans, programs and projects for agricultural development.
- Facilitate monitoring and evaluation of district programs and projects within the framework of national policy.
- Coordinate the activities of the department.
- Facilitate the preparation of agricultural development plans, programmes and budgets.
- Ensure preparation of annual district agricultural work programmes.
- Facilitate the preparation and submission of reports on all agricultural projects and programmes.
- Provide technical advice to the Metropolitan Assembles.
- Facilitate efficient utilization of resources for agricultural programmes and projects.
- Provide agricultural services to clients.
- BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE AGRICULTURAL PROFILE OF TAMALE METROPOLIS
The Tamale Metropolis is one of the 26 districts in the Northern Region and it is approximately located in the central part of the region .It has a total estimated land size of 646.9sqkm (2010 PHC Report and lies between latitude 9◦16 and 9◦34 North and longitudes 0◦36 and 0◦57 West.
The metropolis has uni-modal rainfall pattern. The rainy season generally spans Jun-October, when crops can be cultivated. It is poorly endowed with water bodies. The only natural water systems are few seasonal streams which dry up during the season. Despite this poor drainage situation, the metropolis has some potential for irrigation. For instance, the pagazaa stream has the potential to support agriculture production if it is dammed for irrigation purposes. The metropolis lies within the savanna woodland zone of the country. Major tree types are the Dawadawa, Nim, Acacia, Mahogany and Baobab among others. The only important economic tree is the Shea. The main soli type is the sandstone, gravel, mudstone and shale that have weathered in to different soil grades. Due seasonal erosion, soil emanating from this phenomenon is sand, clay, and laterite ochrosols.
The metropolis has a population of 223,252 comprising 111,109 males (49.7%) and 112,143 females (50.2%) (2010 PHC Report) The urban population is 80.8% whiles the rural population is 19.1%. About 50% of the population of the metropolis is farmers.
Te crops grown in the metropolis are maize, rice, sorghum, millet, soya beans, cowpea, groundnut, yam, cassava and vegetables. Main livestock typed are cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry.
The metropolis has a number of agriculture- related institutions which include research institutions, nongovernmental organizations (NGOS) , civil society organizations (CSO), Private sector operation and governmental institutions, which collaborate to some extent in the agriculture development
Some of the major agricultural challenges in the metropolis include:
- Erratic rainfall
- Poor soil fertility
- inadequate water for dry season cultivation
- Low adoption of technologies
- Loss of agricultural lands due to urbanization /estate development
- High post –harvest losses
- Inadequate storage facilities
- Inadequate and high cost of tractor services
- Pest and disease incidence
- Unavailability and high interest rates of credit facilities
- High cost of production inputs
- Low AEA: Farmer ratio: This currently stands at 1:16,000
- Low farm gate prices for produce
- Unavailability of grazing material in the dry season
- Low patronage of veterinary services
- Inadequate value-addition to produce
The metropolis is endowed with arable land available for agriculture development in small holder and (commercial purposes). Chiefs and land lords are the custodians of land in the area and land acquisition is through them. The soils are good for the cultivation of most arable crops such as MAIZE, RICE, SOYBEAN, COWPEA, YAM, CASSAVA, GUINEA CORN, VEGETABLES among others. There are dams and some wet lands where vegetable production is going on and modern small scale irrigation schemes can be developed.
The climatic conditions and the vegetation are conducive for animal production, aquaculture and bee keeping.
About 80% of the people in the metropolis are engaged in agriculture with the requisite manpower (human resource) in a skilled and unskilled form to undertake agriculture related activities.
PROGRAMMES BEING IMPLEMENTED
Government is implementing a number of programmes and projects through the department. This includes;
Planting for food and jobs (PFJ)
Resiliency in northern Ghana (RING)
Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project on Rice Production (Rain fed Agriculture)
PLANTINTING FOR FOO D AND JOBS
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RESILIENCY IN NORTHERN GHANA
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