About 120 beneficiaries of the Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Program (GASIP) in Jirapa district of the Upper West Region have put an end to the burning of crop residue after harvesting.

“All beneficiary farmers have stopped burning their crop residue after harvesting,” Mr. Joseph Kambunaba, the district director of agriculture said.

Burning crop residue is a cheap and environment friendly approach to eliminate additional residue so you possibly can plant on time and management weeds and pests.

Farmers in Jirapa end crop residue burning

According to experts, it has a number of detrimental effects, together with eradicating important vitamins from the soil, lowering the amount of natural carbon in the soil, and eradicating plant residues that act as a protecting layer against soil erosion.

The effects may have cumulative short- and long-term effects that, over time, may have a net detrimental impact.

Farmers in Jirapa end crop residue burning

The lack of vitamins brought on by residue burning may be immediately quantified, and a financial loss primarily based on present nutrient values may be calculated in addition to the net negative effects of residue burning.

According to Mr. Kambunaba, the introduction of applied sciences reminiscent of cowl crop relay planting and weed administration, amongst others, has aided farmers in adapting to modifications.

Farmers in Jirapa end crop residue burning

Approximately 90% of the beneficiaries have adopted the used hybrid seed on their very own farms at various charges.

Mr. Kambunaba was talking at the official occasion to convey activities of the GASIP Agroforestry Initiative to a detailed.

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