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Agricultural Extension activities were initiated in Ghana in the nineteenth century by the early missionaries and foreign owned companies. After independence, Ghana tried various approaches including extension under the farmers' co-operative movement and several donor assisted projects.
In 1970s and 80s all the department of the Ministry of Agriculture undertook separate extension services. In 1987, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture established the Department of Agricultural extension services (DAES) to bring all departments under one umbrella (unified Extension).With World Bank Support the National Agricultural Extension Project (NAEP) was implemented in 1992 and 1999.
Currently, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is operating in Berekum as one of the decentralized departments which started in 1997 based on ministerial directives.


Extension Service
Crops Services
Livestock/Animal Production Services
Veterinary Services
Women in Agric Development (WIAD)
Statistics and Market Surveys (SRID)
Plant protection and Regulatory services (PPRS)


Municipal Director of Agriculture (MDA)         1
Municipal Development Officers (MDOs)      2
Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs)          11
Veterinary Officers (VOS)                             3
Supporting staff (SS)                                    7
Drivers                                                          2


Address the specific needs of farmers, especially the rural poor, in an effort to reduce poverty.
Ensure that farmers adopt environmentally sustainable methods.
Raise agricultural productivity, and
Create an enabling environment for private section participation in the funding and delivery of extension services.


Cocoa Hi-tech programme initiated in 2001 has raised cocoa output of farmers as well as their income levels in the Municipality

Capacity of farmers in the Municipality have been enhanced through regular interaction, farmer –field-schools, demonstrations and other training programmas.

In Collaboration with certain key stakeholders, Farmers Based Organizations (FBOs) in the Municipality have had their capacity enhanced and groups strengthened.

Support programmes introduced by the government in the areas of cereals have reduced the initial start up cost of production and increased outputs of cereals (especially maize) in the Municipality.

Rabbies and PPR vaccination carried out annually has reduced the occurrence of the pandemic to figures below 5% in the municipality.

Large number of farmers have benefited from four new high yielding and disease resistant cassava varieties introduced by the Roots and Tuber Improvement and marketing Programme (RTIMP) in 2008 for industrial and other uses.

There is remarkable increase in women participation in agricultural activities and other gender issue through the effort of the Women In agricultural Development (WIAD) sector of the directorate.

High awareness created among farmers and farmer groups on the effect of HIV and AIDS in agricultural development.

High awareness created among farmers especially in cocoa growing areas on the effect of the use of child labour in the industry.

Ensure food security for all Ghanaians and productivity among farmers in the Municipality.

1. Inadequate logistics for field staff.
2. Lack of motor bikes to aid mobility of field staff.
3. High farmer to field staff ratio.

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