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Farmers in WR encouraged to venture into Organic Farming

Kamgbunli (W/R), July
3, GNA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under
its Climate Smart Agricultural Project has organised some small scale farmers
in the Western Region to venture into organic farming and aqua culture.

Mr Kwame Obeng,
Natural Resources Communication Management Specialist with Coastal Sustainable
Landscape Project (CSLP) announced this when he took Journalists to vegetables
and aqua cultural demonstration sites at Kamgbunli in the Ellembele District.

He noted that organic
farming had the potential to cultivate farm products without the application of
any inorganic manure or chemicals.

According to him, such
organic food products were ideal for the body as they had the tendency to
prolong the life span of consumers.

The USAID funded
intervention project which currently has 4 sites namely Kamgbunli, Awiebo,
Half-Assini and New Ankasa, aims at sustainable livelihood strategies for
people in the Western Region.

Mr Obeng said so far
farmers in 41 communities in the Western region including 13 under his
jurisdiction were practising organic farming due to its nutritional values to
the body.

He pointed out that at
a time land in the area was being utilised due to the oil and gas project, it
behooved on farmers to put the small portion left to good use.

He advised farmers to
intersperse their mixed cropping with special trees which supplied nitrogen to
the crops.

Mr Obeng also advised
them to establish vegetable farms around fish ponds and use the water to
irrigate their farmlands when the fish stock in the pond was depleted.

At the Kamgbunli site,
the Director of the Project, Steve Dennison said Kamgbunli was one of the 33
communities in the Western Region to have formed the Village Savings and Loan
Association(VSLA) with a membership of 24 under the group name “Koyele”(UNITY).

The idea for this
Co-operative venture (susu) group, he said was to imbibe the culture of savings
into the communities to create a social fund to serve as an emergency fund for
members to source in times of distress.

Dr Dennison pointed
out that savings would enhance their financial status and living conditions and
encouraged them to venture into other financial endeavours and help them pool
their resources together and better their living conditions.

GNA

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