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Farmers supported to cultivate sesame

By
Samuel Akapule, GNA 

Paga (UE), Aug. 5, GNA – About 4,200 Farmers
in the Kassena–Nankana West District, Kassena -Nankana Municipal, Sisala East
District and parts of the Northern Region are being supported to undertake
agro-ecological farming practices in Sesame production.

The beneficiary Districts in the Northern
Region include Bimbilla, Chereponi, Gushegu, Nanumba North, Saboba and West Mamprusi.

The Ghana National Sesame Business Farmers
Association is the lead implementing partner co-ordinating the project in the
Northern, Upper East and Upper East Regions.

The Organisation for Indigenous Initiatives
and Sustainability and the North Eastern Corridor Integrated Development Agency
(NECIDA) are facilitating the implementation of the project.

The Joint Action for Farmers’ Organisations  in West Africa (JAFOWA) and its
collaborators,  the Network  of European Foundation, the French Foundation
, Caripelo Foundation  de Sao  Paulo and the Open Society Initiative for
West Africa are supporting  the
implementing  agency  of the project  in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

This came to light when the Programme Manager
of the JAFOWA, Mr Abdou Fall, paid a working visit to the Kassena-Nankana West
District in the Upper East Region, to interact with the Ghana National Sesame
Business Farmers Association and partners 
to see how the project which is in its second quarter of implementation
is fairing.

Mr Clifford Amoah Adagenera, the Co-ordinator
of the Ghana National Sesame Business Farmers Association said the project was
facilitating the training of Community level farmer groups on Sesame farming
using agro ecological approaches.

It is also establishing demonstration fields
using compost, crop rotation and other agro ecological practices and empowering
the farmers on the innovations.

He noted that the project which was targeting
4,507 beneficiaries in agro ecological practices for Sesame farming would focus
more on women and youth so as to help complement government’s efforts at
addressing the unemployment problem in the country. 

Mr Fall said apart from the healthy and good
yields that was often achieved from agro ecological farming, the land could be
protected for future generations.

GNA

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