FARMPULS supports 1800 farmers

The Food and Agricultural Recovery Management Project (FARMPULS) has supported 1,800 farmers from 40 communities in the Nadowli District of the Upper West Region to assist in their food security efforts.

The European Commission funded food project is to ensure that vulnerable communities and households in the district who suffered from the 2007 floods become food sufficient.

Madam Nerissa Bankpiabu, Project Manager in charge of Livelihoods and Sustainability, said this at a media briefing in Wa.

She said farmers have been trained on modern farming practices and food security methods by agricultural extension officers while the project also provided them with dugouts and storage facilities.

She encouraged the beneficiaries of the program to undertake dry season farming to supplement their livelihoods.

Madam Bankpiabu said the project provided the beneficiaries of the project with 190 dry season gardens, 259 animal/pig sty, 45 sheep, 135 pigs, 100 goats, 1100 mango seedlings  and 100 orange seedlings under its food security scheme.

She said 10 members from each beneficiary community were trained on lobbying skills and proposal writing as well as district food security network on community food security monitoring scheme.

Madam Bankpiabu said 20 community volunteers were also trained to develop a community based food security self monitoring scheme.

She said poor network to some communities during the raining season and difficulty in reaching the members of the district food security network were some of the challenges undermining the smooth implementation of the project.

Madam Bankpiabu said Care International, Oxfam and Pronet North were the implementing agencies of the project.

Source: GNA

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