Despite being skeptical of the next farming season, rural women numbering up to a hundred in Navrongo and its surrounding communities in the Kassena Nankana Municipality of the Upper East Region are counting their farming gains after a successful harvest.
Difficult as this year had been for many farmers due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the rice farmers said they have been able to make good yields.
Speaking to A1 Radio, they revealed that the bags of rice realized this year from their farmlands per acre ranges from 15 to 20; thanks to the financial support they received from Ribufar Enterprise Foundation.
Janet Atimoliga a beneficiary said “I didn’t know what my next plans were, farming was out of my thinking because no money to buy the seedlings or even weed the land. So I told myself that I wasn’t going to farm this year. Then, I was told that Ribufar Enterprise was in town to support vulnerable women who were interested in farming. Upon hearing this, I was so excited and joined the group, and as I speak, I have harvested at least 20 bags of rice.”
“Ribufar Enterprise, really came to lift our spirits in farming especially this year regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Majority of us were not thinking of participating in this year’s farming activities. But thanks to Ribufar Enterprise, we were able to get loans up to Ghc500.00 to support ourselves at the farms. Now we are happy to say that we have made giant harvest ever”, said Lucy Abochi, a beneficiary.
Commenting on why such an initiative, the Director of Ribufar Enterprise Foundation, Richard Akoka, said the intervention was geared towards increasing women participation in farming; especially rice farming.
According to him, farming will continue to be the pillar of hope for many rural communities particularly women, and his foundation focuses on boosting women’s interests in it through supporting them with financial services.
Mr. Akoka who is also a commercial rice farmer noted that the support targeted two hundred women but due to some challenges, the foundation was able to support only a hundred of them where each woman was given Ghc500.00 to invest in her farms.
He continued that “The outcome from these women is marvelous and inspiring. Next year we will do more to improve more women in rice farming.”
He however called on the beneficiary farmers to see their work as business and a way that will alleviate their financial burdens in society as his foundation will continue to render financial services to them.
Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHZ|Moses Apiah|Ghana