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The Department of Agriculture in the South Dayi District  has held its annual Research Extension farmer Linkage Committee (RELC ) session to convey constraints of farmers for research and solutions via agricultural extension service delivery at the Premises of the Kpeve Agriculture Research Station on Thursday 25th August 2022.

The RELC was established in 1994 by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to outline an approach for identifying problems of farmers and farming activities.

It was also to describe different mechanisms that might be used to solve these problems.


Speaking at the forum, The District Director of Agric Mr. Enoch Dzadzra. said, The Research -Extension – Linkage – Committee (RELC) meeting is to allow the various stake holders (Researchers, Extension Experts, Farmers, and Policy Makers) along the value chain share ideas on how to improve on the weak linkages existing between Research Institutions, Farmers and Extension delivery Agencies and prioritize farmers’ problems and find appropriate solutions and also to provide demand driven services to farmers.

Director of Agric SDD Mr Enock Dzadzra delivering a speeh during a planning session
Planning session layout

He concluded that there will be a review section , where the Department will come back and inform the farmers what they have been able to do out of their problems they outlined.

Mr. Abotsi Mattew ,The District Officer in charge of Crop and Research presented some key issues affecting farmers in the District such as Unfavorable Weather conditions, Inadequate external/vettinary officers, inadequate mechanization, high cost of Agro input , farmers inability to access marketers, access to funds for farmers , Poor road network etc.

The District Crop and Research Officer Mr Mattew Abotsi addressing participants at the planning session

During the session, farmers were grouped into various groups to priorities their problems.

Participant in group section

Some of the problems were solved during the session whilst others was referred to the District Assembly, Traditional Authorities, Financial Institutions, Marketers and to Government Policies. Those that were not solved was referred to regional and national whilst basic technical issues was referred to researchers to come up with solutions.

The planning session brought together farmers, food processors, Agriculture Extension Agents, and officials from South Dayi District Assembly




From Your first right Miss Theresah Nyamekye Regional Extension Officer VR, and firts left Mr Enock Dzadzra Dist. Dir. of Agric. SDD


Participant in group section


Mr-Roland-Deku-Group-4-leader-addressing -participant- on Priorities facing farmers in the District


The Dist. Agric Information Desk Officer , Mr Caleb Azumah
Dist. Dir. of Agric in A group photo with stakeholders in agric sector

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