KOICA supports FBCs in northern Ghana with farm implements

By
Rashid Mbugri, GNA,

Tamale, Dec 06, GNA
– About 20 Farmer-Based Cooperatives (FBCs) in the Northern part of the country
have received some farm implements valued at about $50,000 to enhance agricultural
activities in their areas.

The items included
motoking tricycles, tractor, grinding mills, irrigation system among others.

The farm implements
were presented to the FBC’s by the Korea International Cooperation Agency
(KOICA) through its Implementing Partner, the Association of Church-Based
Development Programme (ACDEP).

The presentation
formed part of the “Capacity Development of the FBCs/FBOs in Northern Ghana
Project, a bilateral cooperation arrangement between the Government of Ghana,
represented by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations through the
Department of Cooperatives and the Government of the Republic of Korea.

The project, which
is being implemented in the five regions of northern Ghana, is expected to
provide training and build the capacities of the FBCs/FBOs in planning business
projects, mobilizing collective resources and implementing income generation
projects.

Mr Francis Akakpo ,
Programme Officer for KOICA Ghana, who made the presentation on behalf of the
Country Director of KOICA, urged the beneficiaries to use the equipment
efficiently to help support their agricultural businesses and  improve on the livelihoods of their members.

Mr Emmanuel Adjei,
the Development Planning Officer at the Ministry for Employment and Labour
Relations (MELR) speaking on behalf of the Minister for Employment and Labour
Relations, commended KOICA for complementing the efforts of government by
providing such useful asset to farmers and cooperatives as means of  empowering farmers and reducing the
incidences of poverty in northern Ghana.

He urged other
agencies to emulate KOICA’s effort by providing more resources to support rural
farmers in the country.

Mr Charles Yaw Offe,
Acting Registrar for the Department of Cooperatives assured the donors that
measures would be put in place to help monitor and ensure the effective use and
maintenance of the assets presented.

Mrs Sabratu Mahama,
beneficiary and a secretary to the Nasia Women Cooperative, a farmer-based
group in the North East Region, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiary
FBCs/FBOs expressed gratitude to KOICA and its partners for the support and
assured them that the asserts would go a long way to promote their activities,
especially in terms of transportation.

The KOICA FBCs/FBOs
project comprises six major components, including Cooperative Policy Advisory,
Training of Trainers (TOT), Training of FBC/FBO leaders (TOL), Overseas
Invitational Training in Korea, Networking and Marketing Support, and Supports
for Pilot Projects.

The farm implements
presented falls under the Pilot Project and Training of Farmer Leaders (TOL)
Action Plan Support components of the project and represent one of several
presentations made by KOICA in recent times.

GNA

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