Associate Members of NETRICE
South Dayi District
- Logba-Tafi Atome Progressive Mixed Farmers Association, Logba.
- Kpando Aloi Cooperative Farmers and Marketing Association
- Liati Soba Lorlornyo Women Farmers Association, Liati
- Fodome Self-Help Association (FOSHA), Fodome
- Kukurevi Women Farmers Association, Fodome
- Butsorme Farmers Association, Fodome
- Likpe Bakwa Mixed Farmers Association, Likpe
- Lolobi Rice Farmers Association, Lolobi Kumasi.
- Kukurantumi Lorlornyo Farmers Association, Likpe
- Sanco-Andokofe Farmers Association, Koloenu.
- Kokabb Farmers Association, Santrokofi-Benua.
- Cobweb Cooperative Farmers Society, Santrokofi-Benua.
- Yibale Group Farmers, Santrokofi-Gbodome
- Yiewoyaaobla Farmers Association, Santrokofi-Gbodome
- Akpafu Mixed Farmers and Marketing Society, Akpafu Odomi.
- Maweibra Farmers Association, Akpafu Odomi.
- Yibaa Rice Farmers Association, Akpafu Odomi.
- Ketudze Farmers Association, Jasikan.
- Nsuta Buem Women Farmers Association, Nsuta Buem
- Gyamonome-Asato Farmers Association, Kadjebi-Asato
The Challenge of Farming in the Region
In early 2010 we held discussions with 11 of the groups. It was part of a fact-finding visit that we made with four members of the NETRICE Executive. We also met with chemical sellers and victims of pesticide poisoning, and we visited the Ministry of Agriculture in Accra and leading NGOs.
Here’s a flavour of what the farmers told us about their predicament:
- many have to walk long distances -- in some cases more than 6 kilometres -- to get to their farms;
- their style of agriculture (slash and burn) requires hard and sustained physical labour using cutlass and hoes;
- they cannot afford the machinery and agrochemicals they need in order to increase their production / income -- micro-finance is available, however banks charge a whopping 30% interest rate, which no one can afford;
- without irrigation, it is difficult to farm their land in the dry season;
- they face a constant battle with pests and diseases, including grass cutters (large rodents), insects/caterpillars and birds;
- some of the farming techniques they are using are highly inefficient; they desperately need training and advice but the agricultural extension programme in the area is not working;
- many farmers are using insecticies and herbicides; they do this without any protection and in most cases without any training or knowlege of the risks to their health (none of the farmers can understand the labels, and only one of those we met had had any training in how to spray safely);
- without storage facilities and better information on commodity prices they are at the mercy of middle men who descend on the villages after the harvest to buy their produce at rock bottom prices.
The farmers also told us that they are deeply concerned because their children have no interest in farming and can't wait to go to the cities. Most end up on the streets selling food and other items in order to survive; and many of the girls end up in prostitution.
Images from the Volta Region
The photos on this page were taken during the 2010 visit.