Newmont, GIZ Support Asutifi Farmers To Reduce Post-Harvest Losses

Agbeko Azumah PixNewmont Ghana Gold Limited  (NGGL), in collaboration with GIZ Ghana is constructing a processing and service centre (APSC) for farmers in the Asutifi District of the Brong-Ahafo Region.

The project, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, is aimed at reducing post-harvest losses due to adoption of efficient and modern post-harvest management strategies.

The initiative which follows from preliminary NGGL efforts to support farmers over the past few years has now evolved to the point where over 80 farmer-based organisations of at least 1,000 farmers, of which 70 per cent are women and youth will benefit from processing of their produce thereby improving their livelihood.

The initial produce earmarked for processing through the plant is chili pepper, and ginger with expansion earmarked for maize and soybeans.

The ASPC will help reduce post-harvest losses in the targeted crops, which currently stands between 15 per cent and 26 per cent in the Asutifi Area.

The communities of Asutifi North and South Districts that are currently engaged under these programmes are Kenyase-1, Kenyase-2, Ntotroso, Gyedu, Wamahinso, Hwidiem, Nkaseim and Nkrankrom. Crops under production are chili pepper, soybeans, ginger and plantain.

The Communications Director of Newmont Ahafo, Agbeko Azumah, at a short ceremony to donate two vehicles for the running of the centre noted that following the preliminary Information Commissioner (IC) review the project has been recycled to reduce the cost by a further 28 per cent with NGGL required funding for the two-year period at USD343, 897.00 while GIZ has agreed to also match this with USD270.00.

He urged the officials of the centre to take good care of the vehicles and use them for their intended purpose.

Mr. Albert Ankamah who received the keys of the vehicles on behalf of the farmers assured the public of proper use of the vehicles.

From Daniel Dzirasah, Kenyase

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