The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), has introduced Individual Protecting Machines (PPEs) such as facemasks and offered Veronica buckets, hand sanitisers, tissue papers, liquid cleaning soap, detergents and other products to the District Section of Agriculture.
According to the Head of Programmes and Advocacy at PFAG Charles Kwowe Nyaaba in partnership with Global Funds Partnership (IBP) and Ghana Federation of Forest and Farm Producers (GhaFFaP), the Association is earning the donation to assist the coaching of about 300 Agriculture Extension Brokers (AEA) and a selection of farmers in 36 districts in Ghana on Planet Overall health Organisation (WHO) protection safety measures in purchase for farmers to be able to carry out their farming things to do with restricted chance of contracting Coronavirus.
He indicated that AEAs are very important in supporting farmers nevertheless they are not recognised as frontline company suppliers by authorities.
Nyaaba expressed disappointed above government’s neglect of compact holder farmers in the provision of guidance from COVID-19 Support Fund.
“Government unsuccessful in supporting farmers like it is performing for other frontline assistance suppliers. So much, there is no sign that Agric Extension Brokers and agricultural personnel have benefited from the COVID-19 guidance. Even with the 600-million-cedi credit rating for modest enterprises, smallholder farmers cannot entry it due to the fact they never register their companies, they don’t have Tax Identification Amount (TIN) numbers. But these are some of the demands to access the credit score,” Mr Nyaaba.
He appealed to govt to take into account planning flexible assist methods for smaller holder farmers to access credit history since they are currently neglected from the official economical institutions. He cautioned that, devoid of right aid mechanisms in spot for farmers, Ghana hazard getting to be meals insecure country in the in close proximity to long term.
According to the Techiman Municipal Agric Director, James Adu, who acquired the donations, the initiative of the PFAG is laudable and timely. He urged the AEAs to be certain that they raise their sensitisation actions as well as ensuring that farmers go on to consider benefit of the a lot of govt interventions to increase their food items output.
He further more urged farmers to also just take edge of the governing administration Planting for Food stuff and Work programme to make improvements to their food stuff production and make Ghana foods secure.
In accordance to Nana Ameyaw Manu, the Vice President of PFAG, the affiliation will carry on to collaborate with federal government to make sure that Ghana is food items protected.
The extension officers and farmers ended up remarkably excited for the schooling and thanked PFAG and Techiman Health Directorate for facilitating the education.
An Agricultural Extension Officer dependent in Techiman, Daniel Yando, noted that, the schooling was extremely valuable.
“It has geared up me with how to properly engage farmers with out risking my possess lifetime and that of the farmers,” he stated.