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Article: YAFCA GARDENS

The uncertainty of consuming wholesome food crops or Genetically Made (GM) food crops has been an issue most Ghanaians are grappling with. Coupled with unstable prices of goods, one is left to think that the only way out is to re-enact the policy of ‘Operation Feed Yourself’. This was a program aimed at developing self – reliance in Agriculture and it was enforced during the regime of General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong (1972 – 1978). Obviously, one cannot have it all at the back yard but growing some food stuffs at home will not only save you cost but health wise you are secured as well. It is therefore not surprising that the Youth Ambassadors for Christ Association (YAFCA) Ministry has decided to make good use of the land that surrounds its premises.

Together on the same compound, the Ministry directly faces the residence of the Director-General. On two plots of land, these two buildings occupy more than half of the land thus, not much is left. In spite of this challenge, planting has always been a culture practiced by Rev. Dr. John Owusu-Afriyie since February 16, 1990 (when he moved to his place of residence). Aside flowers and hedges, available are fruits like Cocoa, Mangoes, Oranges, Tangerine, black berries, Guava, and Coconut. Other plants are, Moringa, Dandelion, Date palm, and Palm tree.

Interestingly, the nature of the land is not predominantly loamy but some parts are sandy others clayey. So how do the plants survive? The land is fertilized with manure and this is generated from the heaps of refuse gathered from the residence. Due to the nature of the land and presence of plants and fruits, few crops can do well on the land. Some vegetables, fruits, and food crops which have been successfully planted are Garden eggs, Okro, Pepper, Corn, Banana, Sugar cane, Pear, Plantain, Cassava, Yam, and Potato. Some crops to be considered in the future are Cocoyam, beans, and Groundnut.

Notably, the growing of crops is not just restricted to the premise of the Ministry and residence but also its been extended to the YAFCA Land at Agomeda. The 10 acre land has been used to grow mainly corn and some vegetables. This augments the feeding of Youth Evangelism School (YES) participants during YES.

Evidently, no land is too small for subsistence farming so consider the small piece of land in your surrounding and put it to good use. You will be amazed about how your little farming can go a long way to save you the cost of feeding especially in these hard times. All the best!

 
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