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BESSFA Rural Bank supports farmers in Bawku

By
Jerry Azanduna, GNA
   

Garu (U/E), Aug. 12,
GNA – The BESSFA Rural Bank in Bawku has supported 153 farmer groups, made up
of 904 males and 1,341females, in Bawku with money and farm inputs to enable
them to increase production this farming season.

A total of 644,124.75
Ghana Cedis was disbursed to the farmers.

Mr Solomon Awini, the
General Manager of the Bank, said this in an interview with the Ghana News
Agency at Garu in the Upper East Region.

He said the support
was to promote agriculture and ensure adequate food security in the Bawku Area
as that was one major challenge facing the development of the people.

He said supporting
farmers was a good venture that would improve on yield for local consumption
and for commercial purposes to earn farmers a good income.

Mr Awini said as part
of efforts to promote agriculture, the Bank had organised activities to educate
farmers to engage in other economic ventures such as Shea butter extraction,
soap making and smock weaving to improve on their economic conditions.

He said the Bank had
also encouraged women groups to go into the processing of rice, malt from
sorghum, ‘pito’ brewing, and the production of guinea fowl chicks for sale.

Mr Awini said because
of the inconsistent rainfall pattern in the area, the Bank, in collaboration
with the Presbyterian Agricultural Station in the Garu-Tempane District, had
organised educational programmes to sensitise the farmers on the need to grow
short-term maturing crops to avoid droughts.

He urged them to save
their earnings with the Bank in order to qualify for credit facilities to increase
production.

He called on farmers
who had accessed loans from the Bank to pay in good time so as to access more
and allow others to also benefit.

GNA

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