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Ten farmer-based organizations in the Atebubu-Amantin District have been certified and consequently registered as co-operative societies.
That was a result of collaboration between the World Vision (WVI) Ghana SATISFY project and the Department of Co-operatives who took the farmers through a series of training programmes.
SATISFY is a five year food security programme implemented by the WVI and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development DFATD of Canada with the overall objective of improving the food security status of men and women in poor rural communities of the Atebubu-Amantin and Kintampo South Districts of Ghana.
At a ceremony to present the registration certificates to the groups, the Project Officer for SATISFY Mr Maxwell Amedi said bringing farmers together made it easier reaching out to them and enhanced their chances of being successful in their activities.
He congratulated the groups who were mainly into yam, mushroom and livestock production as well as bee-keeping for successfully going through the programme.
In his contribution, the District Co-operatives Officer, Mr Aaron Alormenu said the certification and registration of the groups gave them legal recognition and identity as well as put them in a good stead to access support from financial and other institutions.
The farmers were taken through group dynamics, records keeping, communication skills as well as conflict and business management.
Mr Alormenu thanked SATISFY for the support to his outfit which had ensured that the training and registration of farmers groups which used to be a problem in the past had improved tremendously.
The District Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture Mr Wilfred Anonadaga advised the groups to strive to maintain their new identity in order to reap the maximum benefits of coming together.
The Atebubu-Amantin District Chief Executive Mr. Sampson Owusu Boateng said agriculture was key to national development adding that Ghana’s economy would continue to suffer setbacks until such time that we were able to produce enough to feed ourselves thus reducing our import bill.
He urged SATISFY to consider partnering the Assembly to establish irrigation schemes in the district to go round the usual erratic rainfall patterns.
Some beneficiaries expressed their appreciation to SATISFY, DFATD and the Department of Co-operatives for the support which they hoped would turn round their fortunes.
Source: ISD(DANIEL ODURO-STEWART)