Monitoring is one of the key components of a project. It is the process whereby planned activity implementation are seen to be carried out in a manner that is in conformity to the plan. Here, specifications and targets are assessed and at the end it will ascertain how well the Department of Agriculture is leading in the advancement of the ultimate outcome of the programme (MAG); in this case, a modern, equitable and sustainable agriculture sector that contributes to food security.
This report covers the period from October – December 2022, and key focus was on the implementation of approved activities as captured in the work plan of the year under review.
|DIRECTOR OF AGRIC
|MERCY ADOBEA OPARE
|JULIANA KEREWAAH ADU
|MAO (ANIMAL PRODUCTION OFFICER)
WHEN AND WHERE THE MONITORING WAS COMPLETED
WHAT WAS MONITORED
- Demonstration plots established
- Harvesting of yield plots and weighing
- Established PERD fields
- FBOs formation by AEAs
- FAW situation in the Municipality
- POSITIVE FINDINGS OF MONITORING
- Farmer now have access to the services of AEAs
- Monitoring as an activity tends to motivate farmers to participate in Agric programmes.
- Increase in knowledge of farmers in the identification, diagnosis and control of the FAW menace.
- Increased understanding of the work of the Dept. of Agric by the Central Administration of the Assembly.
- NEGATIVE FINDINGS OF MONITORING
- The negative effect of the Climate Change on agriculture causing a key challenge this year round – prolong dry spell during the major season, and excessive rainfall during the minor season ; both taken a toll on crop production.
- Agro-inputs unavailability coupled with an escalating prices demoralised farmers, especially those in crop production.
- The absence of some simple tools and equipment is negatively affecting performance.
- Untimely release of funds for implementation of planned activities.
- What issues need to be addressed?
- The problem of untimely release of MAG funds for the implementation of planned activities.
- The problem of non-coherence in most of the FBO interacted with.
- What are some of the lessons learnt
- Farmers’ involvement / participation in the implementation of planned activities is critical in adoption.
- Effective monitoring can be a motivation to farmers participating in a programme.
- Effective monitoring puts all category of staff on their toes.
- Effective collaboration with the Assembly help to minimize the problem of lack of support to the department of Agriculture.
- What is the monitoring plan for the following period?
- Planning to incorporate and involve the Central Administration fully for the monitoring so to afford them the opportunity to understand the operations of the Department of Agriculture.
- Planning to do effective monitoring to assess farmers preparedness to maintain their PERD fields.