Sorghum farmers get equipment for healthy grains

By Philip Tengzu, GNA

Wa, Sept. 11, GNA –
Concern Universal Ghana, a United Kingdom International Development Charity,
has donated some post-harvest farm equipment to 30 famers’ groups and off-takers
in the Upper West and Upper East Regions. 

The equipment,
valued at about GH¢140,000.00, include five multi-crop threshers, weighing
scales, 42 tarpaulins and 150 wooden pallets.

With funding from
the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the charity body acquired
the machinery to assist farmers to improve the quality of grains to attract
buyers and consumers to enhance their incomes, while promoting food security.

Presenting the
equipment at a ceremony, in Wa, Madam Antoinette Addo, the Project Manager for
the Sorghum Value Chain Project, said the project was a multi-stakeholder one,
which began in January 2014.

It aims at
developing resilient livelihoods for small-holder sorghum farmers.

She said for the
past two years, a total of 10,000 metric-tonnes of sorghum, valued at 14
million Ghana Cedis, had been delivered to the Guinness Ghana Breweries
Limited, one of the major markets of the project. 

She explained that
the project had carried out many capacity building activities for sorghum farmers
on improved production techniques, post-harvest handling and access to improved
seeds, among others, which had benefited about 11,000 farmers.

The farmers have
been linked to aggregators of the Breweries to help them access ready markets
for the produce.

Madam Addo
expressed the hope that the items would help farmers to produce quality grains
and help mitigate the post-harvest challenges.

She encouraged the
beneficiaries to put the equipment to good use to improve the living standards
of the actors within the sorghum value chain.

Mr. Anthony Poore,
the Managing Director of Agriaccess Ghana Limited, who received the items on
behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked Concern Universal, saying the equipment
had come at the right time, which would improve production, facilitate
threshing and increase supply. 

Mr. Francis
Benyogpuo Pinto, a beneficiary from Wa East District, expressed gratitude to
their benefactor, saying the assistance would enhance production and improve

“Our grains will
now be of quality,” he said. “We will no longer have stones and sand mixed in
our grains, which used to be a hindrance to buyers and consumers.

“Many farmers,
hitherto, had been threshing grains by the traditional method of using stick on
the floor, and this does not only make our grains look unattractive, but also
the process is tiring and time wasting.”

Mr. Pinto said the
provision of the machinery would, therefore, encourage farmers to produce on
large scales.


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