Young farmers in Fifteen communities in the Kwahu East district have received rabbits and grasscutter to start demonstration farms.
The project envisages to support farmers in the creation of small businesses through grasscutter /rabbit production and processing to improve their house hold incomes.
“Once the farmers earn decent incomes through their own rural businesses they will have the motivation to stay in the rural area. They will contribute to make their community more vibrant and stimulate other youth to follow their example”. Elsie Odonkor, Program Manager for Economic Empowerment disclosed in an interview with the press.
In Ghana youth unemployment is a serious issue. It is caused by demographic growth, poverty and insufficient education. A good percentage of the active population in Ghana works in the agricultural sector and most of them as smallholders. Youth from rural communities often don’t have the needed skills to make a living in the locality.
In Kwahu and its environs, there is a large demand for grasscutters’ meat, which is a highly-appreciated delicacy. The meat is sold at a good price. Besides income, grasscutter or rabbit meat can also help to improve the local food security situation.
During the training, last quarter, both young and old people between 24 and 40 years were equipped for grasscutter and rabbit production.
In all, a total of 133 people directly received training, building materials for cages and 3 grasscutters or rabbits for their cluster.
Mr. Eric Nyarko, Director of Development at BAF announced that plans are far advanced to help the youth to be equipped with employable skills to start their own jobs in the communities. He announced ongoing project to establish a gari processing factory at Nteso and engagements with tiger nuts farmers at Aduamoa.
He urged farmers to organize themselves into useful groups to receive support for their farming activities.