Ghana: Women Groups Want Assistance for Expansion of Farms

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Women groups in the newly-created Sekyere Afram Plains District have appealed for assistance to expand their farms.

The women, mostly farmers, say besides finance, they also need assistance in the form of training and provision of other logistics to aid them in their activities. They are engaged in the production of maize, yam and other cereals.

The new district lacks major amenities and infrastructure with deplorable road networks, as a result of which farmers walk several kilometres to and from their farms.

Sharing their frustration with Ashanti File, the women complained that after toiling to cultivate their farms, the produce is left to rot, worsening their economic conditions due to the poor nature of the roads.

Following their stated concerns, a US-based non-governmental organisation, is carrying out feasibility studies as part of efforts to assist farmers, particularly women, to ascertain the level of support that can be extended to the women groups in the district.

Dr. Reynaldo Anderson of the Harris-Stowe State University, led by the Member of Parliament for the area, Alex Adomako Mensah, has visited Drobonso to meet with the women to ascertain the level of assistance they might need.

The chiefs and elders of Drobonso have welcomed the intended support for the women, and encouraged the visiting team, led by Dr. Anderson, to ensure that the district benefits from their largesse.

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Kemi Wale-Olaitan

Kemi is a retired broadcaster from the service of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; while in service, she had her interest in women issues and had interviews with several notable women in the course of her duty as a producer in the service of the Federal government. Her interest in broadcasting was informed by her creative writing prowess; she has been very active in creative writing since her undergraduate days, and she has written a few fictional works in form of short stories and novel. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies of Short stories. Kemi was also very active in the establishment of the Women Writers Association of Nigeria (WRITA) and she served on its first Executive Council.

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