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WFP introduces donkey-cart transportation project to reduce post-harvest losses

The World Food Programme (WFP) has partnered Manga station of
the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of Savannah Agricultural
Research Institute (CSIR-SARI) in the Binduri district of Upper East Region to
introduce a donkey-cart transportation project.

About
1,500 farmers from 5 districts in the region who cannot afford to hire any form
of transportation services have been targeted to benefit from the pilot
project.

This
seeks to reduce post-harvest losses caused by theft, bushfires and rotting of harvested
foods on farms and in homes.

At a
ceremony to introduce the donkeys and the carts to the beneficiaries at Manga,
WFP Country Director, Rukia Yacoub was hopeful that the donkey-cart
transportation policy will aid Ghana attain the Sustainable Development Goal 2.

“WFP
supports countries to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2, zero hunger, by
saving lives in emergencies and humanitarian crisis, and changing lives in
development contexts”, she indicated.

As a
means of sustaining the project, the Country Director of WFP said each farmer
group has established a committee to monitor the use and care of the donkeys
and carts.

“Other women group members will be given foals when the female donkeys litter and so gradually expand the participation”, she added.

Upper East Regional Minister-Paulina Patience Abayage together with officials of WFP, SARI and its partners handing over the donkeys and carts to beneficiaries.

Senior
Research Scientist at the Manga station of SARI, Dr. Francis Kusi who doubles
the Project Director, said post-harvest losses has been a setback to improved
crops introduced by his outfit.

He
therefore appealed to Global Affairs Canada, funders of the donkey-cart
transportation project to scale up the project to other regions.

“CSIR-SARI
and the entire project partners are therefore grateful to WFP for accepting the
project idea to support the poor women farmers with donkeys and carts as an alternative
and efficient means of transport to help minimize post-harvest losses and
access to market”, Dr. Kusi said.

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Upper
East Regional Minister, Paulina Patience Abayage who lauded the traditional way
of transporting foodstuff said it will complement government’s ‘Planting for
Food and Jobs’ program towards improving food security in the country.

Eric
Chimsi, a Canadian Development Officer pledged an unflinching support to rural
farmers towards reducing post-harvest losses. He called on government to scale up
the project in other districts of the country to benefit farmers.

Source:A1Radioonline.com|Joshua Asaah

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