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04.07.2005 Regional News

ADRA supports 38 blind farmers at Karni

GNA

Karni (UW), July 4, GNA - Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) at the weekend presented four bales of used clothes and blankets valued at 10 million cedis to 32 blind farmers and their aides at Karni in the Jirapa/Lambussie District.

Apart from that, ADRA had since 2002 also granted the blind farmers small scheme loans up to the tune of 27.6 million cedis to expand their agricultural activities.

Mr. Anthony Manooh, Technical Co-ordinator of Agriculture and Natural Resource Management of ADRA who presented the items expressed satisfaction at the performance of the farmers in soya bean cultivation, cashew planting and dry season gardening.

He challenged other physically challenged persons in society to take a leaf from the activities of the Karni blind farmers to engage themselves in productive ventures that would render them independent in society.

Mr. Manooh promised to offer them all the assistance they needed to harness their potentials to live comfortable and respectable lives in society.

Mr. Sampson Bediako Fordjour, Field Project Officer at Wa promised to supply them with grafted mango seedlings to add to other farming activities they were engaged in.

He called for regular meetings among them so as to come out with suggestions that could be useful for their development. ADRA also organised a three-day capacity building workshop for the farmers to equip them with technical skills and enhance modern ways of agriculture to improve on production.

The ADRA officials also educated them on the need to use improved seeds and prepare the land in line with modern trends that would increase field.

The participants were also taken through savings, record-keeping and the use of organic manure to improve yield and reduce cost of production.

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