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Introduce weighing scale system into markets

By
Bajin D. Pobia, GNA

Piina, UWR, July 3,
GNA – Peasant women farmers in the Lambussie District of the Upper West Region
has appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to introduce weighing
scale system into the Ghanaian markets.

The women who are into
soyabean and groundnuts production under Care International –Ghana funded
“Pathways project”, said the introduction of weighting scale as a means of
measuring grains and cereals at the markets would help reduce cheating on the
part of middlemen who have been using bowls to measure grains and cereals.

Measuring grains and
cereals in bowls was not only impoverishing farmers, but it was also not
allowing competition, as middlemen continued to monopolize the markets to their
advantage and making farmers worst off financially.

The peasant women
farmers made the appeal at a two-day “Pathways Project” overview workshop on
“Constraints facing women farmers in the agricultural sector” held at Piina in
the Lambussie District.

Care
International-Ghana organised the forum for traditional rulers, queen mothers,
Assembly members and women farmers to enhance the ability of women farmers to
work with strategic actors in the district to address their needs in the
sector.

The meeting also
provided detailed and comprehensive district plan to advance the activities of
rural women farmers in the 66 communities that the project was operating.

The participants also
appealed to government to give guarantee prices for grains and cereals to
encourage farmers to cultivate soyabean and groundnuts in commercial
quantities.

They urged Ghanaians
in the formal and informal sectors of the economy to endeavour to work harder
and shun laziness to enhance productivity to help eliminate poverty.

“Laziness at home,
laziness in the offices and laziness in the farms are contributory factors to
Ghana’s economic woes.

“Agricultural
education should be taken serious at the basic, second cycle and tertiary
education levels to produce experts more farmers into the agricultural
sectors”, the participants said.

The participants noted
that the Ghanaian elites were not interested in farming, considering it as a
waste of sources and energy and urged to take up farming as business to
increase food production.

They called on
government to resource agricultural training institutions to turn out students
who would be interested in farming to create competition among themselves and
the illiterate farmers to improve agricultural production.

Madam Gladys Assibi
Tiah, Care International-Ghana Gender Advisor at Pathways Project, said the
project was assisting peasant women farmers to go into soyabean and groundnut
production, processing, and marketing, linking the women to marketers, input
dealers and duty bearers.

She said soyabean and
groundnut cultivation was easier while its yields and nutritional values as
well as incomes were higher compared to millet, Bambara beans, sorghum, maize
rice, and yam.

Peasant women farmers
were also scared about climate change and said cropping of traditional crops
was a risk considering the longer periods to maturity

Depending on
traditional crops was a gamble because of climate change which contributed to
erratic and short rainfall pattern, resulting in low yields, thereby affecting
food security and incomes of farmers.

Madam Tiah said the
project was working to achieve some of the Sustainable Development Goals which
included; Eliminating of poverty, zero hunger, Gender Equality, and Equal
access to land among others.

She said the Pathways
Project would secure livelihoods through increase poor women farmers
productivity and empowerment in more equitable agriculture systems at scale and
improved in yields and incomes through adoption of sustainable and intensified
agriculture and value addition.

The project was also
to improve knowledge, skills, relationships, self-confidence and conviction of
poor women farmers, while increasing access to productive resources, assets,
markets and appropriate and reliable services and inputs for poor women
farmers.

Madam Tiah appealed to
the women to develop their own compose fertilizers for use them and for sale
for other farmers in the communities to increase crop yields and incomes.

GNA

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