Farmers trained on savings and investments

A two-day training of trainers workshop in savings and investments for leaders of single mothers and landless farmers groups in the rural communities of the Yilo Krobo District had ended at Borti, near Borti Falls.

The workshop which was organized by the Krobo-Danish Association(KROBODAN), a non-governmental organization committed towards poverty alleviation in the rural communities of the Yilo Krobo District, was aimed at training the leaders of single mothers and landless farmer groups to develop vibrant farming associations to effectively manage their associations and individual farms.

The project was also to enable the farmers to increase the earnings from their farms, save and invest in economic ventures that could take care of their needs in their old ages.

Speaking at the formal closing of the workshop, Mr Emmanuel Nartey, Field Officer of KROBODAN , explained that, this year, the Association wanted to extend their support to 170 more farmers groups in Osuboi, Borti, Borkunu and Akwapem communities, all in the Yilo Krobo District.

He said, the leaders of the various associations are being trained to mobilize members of their associations to venture into alternative livelihood projects to help support their crop farming which currently depended on rains.

Mr Nartey said, later the leaders of the farmers association would be trained in bee keeping, mushroom farming, sheep and goat rearing and poultry farming.

The General Secretary of KROBODAN, Mr Joshua Nyumuah said , due to the negative effect of climate change, farmers are being encourage to invest in alternative livelihood projects that could earn them daily incomes to off set any crop failures suffered as a result of any unfavourable climate .

He said, small scale farmers could invest in things like bee hives, goats and sheep, grasscutters and structures for their rearing.

He said as part of the training, the participants were taking through records keeping to enable them to know if they are making profit or losses in their businesses.

Mr Fredrick Damtey, Assistant Field Officer of KROBODAN said, the success of the project to a large extend depended on the development of vibrant farmers association.