The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has handed over 19 power tillers to selected farmers of the Tono Irrigation Scheme in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality of the Upper East Region.
The facilities, which cost GH¢18, 000 each, are to support the beneficiary farmers who are into rice and vegetable production, to reduce the cost of land preparation, and increase the acreage of land under cultivation, to boost food production.
The power tillers, which come with other accessories including reapers, were given to the farmers in the form of grant, and has been a collaboration between the Feed the Future Ghana Agricultural Transfer Technology (ATT) Project, and J.K.Technologies, dealers in small agricultural equipment.
Under the initiative, the project paid 70 per cent of the cost of the facility, while the beneficiary farmers contributed 30 percent of the cost.
It is envisaged that the facilities would encourage the beneficiary farmers to adapt to the use of agricultural machinery to help boost production.