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Regional News of Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Source: GhanaWeb

Aowin Municipal Assembly trains over 30 farmers on bee keeping

Over 30 farmers are going through capacity building on bee keeping in Adonikrom; one of the communities in the Aowin Municipality of Western North Region.

The four day training is being conducted by the Business Advisory Center (BAC) under the Rural Enterprise Project.

The main objective, is to offer interest groups especially unemployed youth alternative sources of livelihood.

Addressing the participants at the training session on Monday, September 2, 2019, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Aowin, Mr. Samuel Adu-Gyamfi said the government led by His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo aims to improve upon the livelihoods of farmers.

According to him, it was upon this that BAC has been training farmers on soap making, tie and dye, bread baking, leather works, beads work and now on bee keeping.

The MCE advised the participants who are mostly cocoa farmers to give way to COCOBOD staff to cut down their old cocoa trees for replanting since government would supply high breed seedlings and plantain suckers to them free of charge.

"This initiative by government would enable Ghana to become the number one producer of cocoa in the few years to come. Let us all support the government to fight a good course for the benefit of all and generations yet unborn", the MCE urged.

Mr. Adu-Gyamfi said government has education as one of its priorities and started extending the free education policy gradually to tertiary institutions.

The livelihood program (bee- keeping) has started this year in all districts in the country according to the DCE.

The National Chairman for Beekeepers Association and the Resource Person for the training, Mr. Patrick Adu Newman said, at the end of the 4 days training session, the participants will be taken through the following; hive management, sitting of hive, colorization, choosing the site, bee biology, benefit, history of bee keeping, equipment, harvesting of bee, record keeping, pests and disease control of bee, meeting and practicals.

Mr. Newman encouraged the participants to take the training seriously so that they can get the ground running after the 4 day training session.

The leader of Beekeepers Association of Adonikrom, Mr. Emmanuel Fofoe was very grateful to the MCE and the government for extending this training exercise to the Adonikrom community.