Thirty cassava farmers drawn from six communities in Obuasi, Adansi South and the Amansie Central Districts of Ashanti have completed a three day leadership training workshop on financial records keeping and good farming practices.
The workshop which was organised by the Obuasi office of the Business Advisory Centre (BAC) of the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture was also aimed at helping the farmers understand and appreciate the Ministry’s Root and Tuber Improvement and Marketing Programme (RTIMP).
Messrs Kelvin Ofori-Atta, head of the Obuasi office of the BAC, Odineho Gyan, the Municipal Director of Agriculture and Kofi Dartey, the desk officer for RTIMP facilitated the workshop which also educated the farmers on how to access the Micro Enterprise Fund (MEP) being introduced under the RTIMP.
Mr Ofori-Atta told the participants that since they belonged to farmer based organizations they should ensure that the knowledge and skills gained should be shared among the members.
He advised the farmers to play leadership roles that would influence understanding, commitment and oneness in their respective organizations.
He appealed to them to always ensure that proper financial records were kept to help foster trust in their organizations.
Mr Gyan encouraged the farmers to embrace the concept of cooperatives so that they could have one voice to negotiate for good prices for their produce.
He appealed to them to keep their farms in proper care so that they could harvest more produce.
The Executive Director of NBSSI, Mr Lukeman Abdul Rahim, and the National Coordinator for RTIMP, Mr Akwasi Adjei Adjekum who visited the training centre, appealed to the farmers to take their farming activities seriously.