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Mar 29, 2012

Farmers received boost from WEP

World Food Programe (WEP) has presented equipment and materials to 16 farming groups of the Purchase for Progress (P4P) at Ejura in the Ejura Sekyedumasi District of the Ashanti Region.


The WEP’s P4P initiatives being implemented in 20 countries including Ghana, was aimed at improving the lives of smallholders and low income farmers, through training on all aspects of the food value chain, providing them with base equipment and supporting them with opportunity to access markets.

The equipment included 820 tarpaulins, 11,000 poly-sack bags, 16 industrial weighing scales, 16 stitching machines and 64 bags of poly-sack closing tread.

The beneficiary farming group includes Hiawoanwu Maize and Cowpea, Kasapa Food Farmers and Marketing Co-operative Society, Odo Farmers Group, United Farmers Group, Asuagya Farmers Group, Christian Farmers Association, Eye Adom Farmers Group, United Farmers Group, The Lord is Mr. Shepherd Emfa Nni Agoro Farmers Group, Freedom Farmers Association and the Nyame Bekyere Farmers Co-operative Society.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony on behalf of the Country Director of WEP, John K. Sitor, Programme Officer of P4P said the programme has already received extensive training from the P4P partners on various aspects of the value chain,.

He said a total of 1,344 smallholders low-income farmers were trained on technical, business and organizational development.

He said P4P has ordered 514 metric tons of maize worth over US$3000, 000 from the 16 maize farming groups to be used to support the WFP’s food-for-assets programme which is taking place in parts of the Northern Region.

Mr. Emmanuel Danquah from the Christian Farmers Group also expressed his appreciation to the WEP for their support, adding that the donation of the equipment and materials will foster specifications and quality products.

Source: ISD