Torgorme farmers earn GH¢32,000 profit through EDAIF project
Over 800 farmers in Torgorme, a town in the North Tongu district of the Volta Region, has raked-in over GH?32,000 from the EDAIF-Torgorme Irrigation Project (E-TIP).
Mr. Emmanuel Esso, Chairman-Torgorme Area Cooperative Farmers Union (TACFU), said at a workshop on the project held in Asutuare in the Eastern Region that the programme has trained 15 cooperative groups of farmers (numbering over 880) to nurse seedlings such as butter-squash and bird’s eye chillies, using proper and improved irrigation methods to help attain Global GAP status, which will enable them to export their products.
“The E-TIP project helped us to export 119 metric tonnes of the bird’s eye chillies and the butternut-squash through VEGPRO. This earned us a net income of GH?32,834 which has become working capital for members of the various groups,” Mr. Esso said.
He thanked EDAIF for answering their call for support, but pleaded with it to help provide suitable land for farmers who were displaced and relocated to other areas as a result of the project implementation.
According to Mr. Esso, the relocated lands are not conducive for farming and have rendered the affected farmers jobless and impoverished for some years now.
The programme, which began in March 2013 and ended in July 2104, was to further train farmers to produce and meet international standards and specifications, and prepare farmers on practical agronomic and good agricultural practices ahead of completing the main irrigation, infrastructural, and land development activities.
The E-TIP was initiated to provide opportunity for farmers to benefit from more technical guidance, extension support and investments in order to commercialise their activities and boost production, increase household income, and increase Ghana’s foreign exchange earnings from the agriculture sector.
The project’s implementation was carried out by Agribusiness Systems International (ASI), a non-profit international development organisation that has a vision of empowering people to build healthy families, resilient communities, and flourishing societies.
ASI partners with public and private actors to find sustainable solutions that enable people to productively engage in local and foreign markets; and offers proven services that facilitate socially responsible business solutions and commercial success.
The organisation is an affiliate of ACDI/VOCA, a non-profit international development organisation that has 52 years of experience expanding economic opportunities through programmes in five core technical areas: agribusiness, food security, community development, financial services, and enterprise development.
ACDI/VOCA currently operates 75 programmes in 35 countries.