Education Underway for Farmers on Forming Cooperatives

Four organisations have embarked on a collaborative programme to educate farmers to form cooperatives to easily access financial support.

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The organisations are the Hunger Project, Department of Agriculture, Department of Co-operatives and the Credit Union Association.

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The programme is ongoing in 15 districts of the Eastern Region and it is to enhance access to agricultural credit to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihood of rural farmers.

Mr Frank Kofi Armo, the Programmme Officer of the Hunger Project, Zone Three Office, speaking to the Ghana News Agency, said the collaborative body had introduced a project called Rural and Agricultural Finance Programme (RAFiP) to register farmer groups as cooperatives.

He said this was to educate the farmers on savings and loans to help them increase crop yield in the rural communities.

Mr Armo said the RAFiP project was introduced to farmers and manufacturers in September 2015 and would end in June 2016.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is sponsoring the programme through the Ministry of Finance which is ongoing in about 37 communities of Birim North, Birim South and the Akyemansa districts.

Mr Ishaque Mohammed Essie, the Zonal Credit Officer of the Hunger Project, said 60 farmer groups had been trained and registered as Farmer Based Organisations.

He said 800 people had been provided with loans through the Epicenter Banks of which 15 of the banks had been equipped with computers for effective data management.

Dr Mrs Felicia Ansah-Amprofi, the Birim Central Municipal Agriculture Director, said the implementation and sustenance of the programme would benefit the agriculture value chain in so many ways.

Mr Nicholas M.O. Mensah, a farmer and former assembly member for Kyeremase/Bantama Electoral Area, said the programme had broadened the scope of farmers on agricultural financing.

He said the farmers would ensure that the co-operative groups were formed o to help access financial support.

Source: GNA

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