The Gushiegu District Assembly in the Northern Region has presented a total of 400 ruminants to 130 women in communities in the area, to help them engage in animal rearing to boost their income and livelihood.
Ruminants are animals that are able to acquire nutrients from plant-based food by fermenting it in a specialised stomach prior to digestion, principally through microbial actions. They include domestic animals such as sheep and goats.
The assembly was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under its Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) programme to assist the women.
The District Chief Executive for Gusheigu, Mr. Abdulai Seidu, who made the presentation at Gusheigu on Monday, indicated that women empowerment was one of the priorities of the assembly.
He stated that the assembly was assisting women groups in the district with grants and micro loans, to help them undertake economic activities.
Mr. Seidu indicated that some women in the area were the breadwinners of their families, and there was the need to assist them to improve their economic activities.
He explained that extending financial assistance to women would not only improve their income status, but would also help address malnutrition of children.
Mr. Seidu said that the assembly had engaged a veterinary officer to take care of the animals and advised the beneficiary women to contact the veterinary officers for advice on the rearing of ruminants.
The DCE hinted that the assembly was working to woo financial institutions to assist women in the district to undertake.
He said that a surest way to reduce poverty in the district was to assist women with funding to enable them expand their businesses.
Madam Fushina Zakaria, a beneficiary, commended the assembly for the assistance indicating it would help them take care of their families.
From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Gushiegu