The Asokore Rural Bank, has embarked on a sensitization programme to educate smallholder farmers in its catchment area on the coronavirus disease.
Mr. Godfred Frank Opoku, General Manager of the Bank who made this known, said it was part of the Bank’s corporate social responsibility activities to provide the farmers in rural communities with the needed information to protect themselves from catching the virus.
He said smallholder farmers in the rural communities were very vulnerable in this critical times of the coronavirus pandemic, and there was therefore, the need to keep them constantly abreast with the various preventive protocols outlined by the government to make them stay safe.
“The farmers need critical attention from the government and the stakeholders in terms of education and sensitization on the disease as well as provision with the requisite preventive materials such as hand sanitizers in order to ensure food security and protection of their families and communities from the contraction and spread of the disease,” Mr Opoku said.
He said smallholder farmers formed a strong base of the bank’s deposit mobilization and microfinance packages.
It was therefore important to provide education and other resources that would help them take precautionary measures to prevent them from catching and spreading the virus in their communities.
Mr Opoku said mobile bankers have been trained to educate the farmers in their communities on the various restrictions and preventive protocols to enable them stay safe.
He stressed the need for corporate organizations and business entities to support the government in the fight against the spread of the disease in the country.