Smallholder farmers advised to form cooperatives

 Small holder farmers have been admonished to form cooperatives to enable them to access resources such as inputs and financing for their farming activities.

It has been established that small holder farmers find it difficult to access support such as inputs and capital from financial and other institutions, hence the need to form cooperatives to benefit from such support for the farming businesses.

This came to light at a day’s training workshop organised by TROPENBOS Ghana and its partners (KNUST, Saytech, Sesi Technology) on Friday for small holder farmers who are into cereal cultivation in the Techiman Municipality in the Bono East Region.

The training workshop under the Redial Project which started in 2020 is expected to end in 2024 with support from the Europe­an Union.

It aims to equip and empower small holder maize, rice, beans, sorghum farmers with the right knowledge and technology to embark on sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices in the Techiman Municipality.

The Zonal Coordinator for Redial Project in charge of Techiman, Ejura and Yendi, Mr Moses Adayeng, said about 200 women, including Persons With Disabili­ties (PWDs) had so far benefited since the implementation of the project.

He said the farmers had been trained in environmentally sustainable practices in or­der to protect the forest as well as introduc­ing them into using modern technologies in harvesting their produce.

The 30 participants were trained on how to run cooperatives in order to attract the needed support from state institutions to derive the needed benefits for their wellbe­ing.

The Techiman Municipal Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Mr James Adu, also assured farmers in the Techiman area of plans by the ministry to form district cooperatives in the area to assist farmers.

He urged the participants to take the training and the knowledge acquired for their associations to improve their lot.


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