Encouraging vegetable farming; Basic Needs Ghana and UNDP support persons living with mental illness and epilepsy
Basic needs Ghana a humanitarian organization with funding from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have supported persons with mental illness and epilepsy including their carers especially women to undertake dry season vegetable farming in the Savelegu municipality of the Northern Region.
150 farmers made up of 80 and 70 men and women in 6 districts including Libga, Zaazi, Nyoglo, Bihinaayili, Sugtampia and Dinga were the beneficiaries of the Basic needs Ghana and UNDP support program.
It will also be recall that in 2018, vegetables farmers in the northern region bemoaned lack of support especially for dry season irrigation farmers.
The pilot program which started two years ago aims at reducing extreme poverty and social exclusion and promote environmentally sustainable development among farmers in northern Ghana.
In a short ceremony at Nyoglo to officially hand over the project to the beneficiary communities, leadership of Basic needs Ghana urged the farmers to adopt best farming practices to increase their yield in the next farming season.
Speaking in an interview with saganionline.com about the rationale for the support, Mr Sandoo, the project officer for Basic needs Ghana said the project aims at alleviating poverty amongst farmers in rural communities. He also charged the beneficiaries to sustain the project.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed their delight for the support and promised to put it into good use. The project has since been handed over to the beneficiary communities. It is also expected to benefit over 2,000 small holder farmers.
Source: Saganitvonline.com/Abudu Alhassn Difahaya