Female agricultural extension volunteers inaugurated in Navrongo

The Tree Help Ghana, a Non-Legislative Association (NGO) has prepared 60 female agrarian augmentation volunteers in the Kassena-Nankana District of the Upper East Locale to improve farming exercises in the Region.

The one-week preparing was finished by the Northern Ghana Incorporated Improvement Task (NGIDP) with help from the European Association and encouraged by authorities of the Service of Food and Farming (MoFA) in the District.

At a service to initiate the volunteers in Navrongo, Mr Paul Purplish blue, the Venture Official of Tree Help Ghana, said the volunteers were taken through essential local area passage abilities and were furnished with information on fundamental agronomic acts of some chose crops including; cereals, vegetables, roots and tubers.

He said the volunteers were additionally taken through fundamental horticultural augmentation administrations and approaches, the job of expansion administration in environmental change variation and understanding environment tough reasonable agribusiness.

The volunteers were additionally educated on seed determination and the utilization of improved native assortments, incorporated vermin the board, post-gather treatment of produce and fundamental creature farming.

"Our recipients come from 20 networks inside the District. Toward the north, Yua, Natugnia, Amana Gumongo, Manyoro, punyoro, Manchoro, Nimbasinia and Saboro.

"Toward the South, Kologo, Biu, Gaani, Vunania, Gingabnia, Gongnia, toward the East, Abempingo, Doba Sirigu, Nayagnia and Gia, Korania and Nangalikinia toward the West."

The Venture Official said the volunteers were individuals ready to move the information acquired to their partner ranchers in the networks they came from.

He noticed that Tree Help Ghana worked with different NGOs, specifically ActionAid which was the lead candidate, and Urbanet, a co-candidate on the undertaking in the Upper East, Northern and Upper West Districts.

The venture covered the Kassena-Nankana Region and the Builsa South Area in the Upper East Locale and Zabzugu and Tatale Areas in Northern District, he said.

Mr Samuel Atia Ayamga, the NGIDP Organizer said agrarian augmentation could improve horticultural efficiency and increment pay through move and assistance of logical examination, information, abilities, data and advances to smallholder ranchers.

"Lamentably, Agribusiness Augmentation Specialists (AEAs) who are basic vehicles in conveying expansion administrations to ranchers are tragically insufficient," he said.

He said the normal proportion of agribusiness expansion specialists to ranchers was 1:1,850 in Ghana which was beneath the Food and Horticulture Association's (FAO) suggested proportion of 1:500, "The present circumstance is considerably more genuine for ladies ranchers who represented more than 70% of all out food produce in Ghana."

To help supplement the exertion of MoFA through augmentation administrations to ranchers particularly ladies ranchers in the NGIDP Areas and networks, Mr Ayamga said the Venture adjusted the Female Expansion Volunteer Model as a procedure to improve female rancher's admittance to expansion administrations for expanded profitability.

Francis Ennor, the Upper East Territorial Head of MoFA who initiated the volunteers, said there was around 46% of ladies contribution in horticultural exercises in the Locale.

He recognized the NGO for the selection of ladies as horticulture augmentation chips in, and urged them to play their parts as volunteers earnestly to improve agribusiness in their networks, "We expect monstrous change in the networks that you get yourselves."

He guaranteed the volunteers that the Local and City MoFA Directorates would guarantee that they were given the required help to empower them work adequately, and asked them to work intimately with the horticultural expansion officials in their networks.