Skip to main content

GAWU empowers farmers'

Lucy Baagyei-Danso

Government has for some time now been battling with the issue of rural livelihood development; how to empower the rural folk especially to make extra income from non-farm activities.

The General Agricultural Workers Union, aside having recorded successes in anti-child labour campaigns and some other livelihood development projects has shown the farmers of the Kwaebibrem district of the Eastern region the way forward.

The Union has organized a training workshop in Kade in the Eastern region to train 50 male and female farmers for improved skills and knowledge in appropriate and sustainable non-farm economic activities. Farmers who attended this training programme were taken through days of theoretical as well as practical classes on how to make maximum income from oil palm which is the main cash crop of the people from that district.

The facilitator for the workshop Ing. Charles Manu educated participants on the best practices in processing palm oil from the fruit to meet international requirements of buyers. He was of the view that "This training programme is a good initiative GAWU has introduced." He expected that after the workshop, farmers will be able to identify the business and income raising side of their farming activities.

Ing. Manu who works with Challen Consult in Kumasi and also a consultant for the Ghanaian Ministry of Trade and Industry said "Just like gold, cocoa and crude oil, palm oil can also fetch the country as much foreign income if not more, if the government pays more attention to it than it is doing currently." He was optimistic that very soon, oil palm will replace all of Ghana's exports.

 The head of the Rural Workers Organisation Programme, Mr. Andrews Tagoe who is in charge of organizing the informal workers mainly farmers and fishermen into the Union was positive that the workshop going to help change the attitude of farmers in income generation.
"GAWU is interested and will help local manufacturers to produce quality oil in order to maximize the income of farmers", Mr. Tagoe said and further disclosed that the Union would soon organize oil producers into an association; give them more training and empowerment skills.

Mr. Tagoe who is also an Occupational Safety  and Health Specialist stressed the need for farmers to work within conducive environment and not expose themselves to danger at the work place. He spoke about the need to use protective clothing and garment while at work and also hammered on the importance of not engaging in child labour as it is a part of the Stop Child Labour Campaign.

Mr. Tagoe commended the sponsosors of this project Dutch Trade Union (SNV), HIVOS and the International Labour Organisation for their help.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Deputy AG sues Facebooker over 'malicious' Ameri deal

The Deputy Attorney-General and Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East, Mr Dominic Ayine has filed a defamation suit at an Accra High Court against a Facebook commentator, Evron Hughes.
In Mr Ayine’s statement of claim, sighted by Graphic Online, he accused Mr Hughes of defaming him in a post he authored and published on Facebook on December 21, 2015, titled “RE: AMERI TRANSACTION”.
According to the Deputy A-G, the “false and malicious” post has provoked “public disaffection” against him and exposed him to public ridicule and contempt.
Describing Mr Hughes as a “self-styled social media blogger and a social commentator”, Mr Ayine said the Facebook post had brought his hard-won reputation “as a respected politician, teacher and lawyer” into “hatred, ridicule, odium, discredit, contempt, opprobrium and reproach”.
The Deputy A-G said the “defamatory words” were authored with the sole intent to reduce him in the estimation of all right thinking Ghanaians, adding that he had received numerou…

Meet Ghanaian female shoemaker

The Saint Ozwald shoe brand

By: Fred Yaw SARPONG
The Daily Express

From her humble beginning in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo region, a senior high female graduate from the Twene Amanfo Senior high in the Brong Ahafo Sunyani and a Ghanaian now boasts of being one of the most popular Made-in-Ghana shoe brands and has the most number of celebrity endorsements.
Sandra Ozwald, CEO of Saint Ozwald

After Sandrah Ozwald completed school in 2013, her parent couldn't have enough money to help her continue school so she planned to do something for herself by selling ice cream, groundnut cakes or food. Back at the senior high, Sandra used to make groundnut cakes, condensed toffees and ice cream to support herself since her mother couldn't provide all for her.

With 12 siblings and the only girl child (2nd born) among them, and whiles planning which of these to sell, Sandra attended a friend’s wedding and the grooms shoe looked so attractive to her.

According to her, the groom’s shoes were Ma…