The Presbyterian Agricultural Station at Garu has launched its golden jubilee anniversary with a call on farmers to collaborate with Agriculture Technical officers so as to be guided to use modern farming skills.

Reverend Emmanuel Atami, the Chairman of the Upper Presbyterian Services in Ghana, said the mission for the station was 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.

He urged farmers to continue to partner with the station to help them to practice good sustainable farming.

The 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.

Reverend Atami launched the anniversary on Wednesday at Garu on the theme; “Fifty years of agricultural advisory services – the way forward”.

Mr Solomon Atigah, the Manager of PAS, said the Station for the past 50 years had achieved its objectives and would continue to work with the farmers to improve production.

He said the station was the first to introduce maize to farmers and it had since become a stable crop. It also introduced short term maturing crops and drought tolerant varieties of maize, sorghum and groundnuts.

Mr Atigah noted that the station had invested a lot in terms of advisory services to farmers and urged them to impart the knowledge to others.

Mr Emmanuel Avoka Asore, the District Chief Executive for the area, lauded the effort of the station and said the district was prepared to partner with the station to bring about development.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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