By Albert Futukpor, GNA
April 17, GNA – A Post-Harvest Loss (PHL) Working Team has been constituted at
the East Gonja Municipal Assembly (EGMA) in the Savannah Region to prioritize
issues of agriculture and budgeting for the sector to enhance its growth whilst
of the PHL Working Team comprises representatives from the Departments of
Agriculture and Gender, and the Ghana Health Service, aggregators, famers and
key Assembly staff to ensure a coordinated inter-agency planning and actions to
This was the
outcome of a meeting of key decision makers of the EGMA and Shea Network Ghana
(SNG), a civil society organization, to assess the EGMA’s efforts at
implementing its commitments in the area of PHL as captured in its 2018 – 2021
Medium Term Development Plan.
held at Salaga on Tuesday, was organized by the SNG as part of its
implementation of the Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP) programme to reduce
PHL and ensure food security and nutrition at the EGMA.
The V4CP is an
initiative of the Netherlands Development Organization and the International
Food Policy Research Institute with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign
Affairs to highlight issues of food and nutrition, PHL, water, sanitation and
hygiene and clean energy.
Atanga, Acting Director, Department of Agriculture, EGMA, who spoke during the
meeting, said members of the PHL Working Team would pool their resources to
undertake targeted interventions to improve agricultural production in the
In 2018, PHL in
rice, maize, cassava, yam and groundnut stood at 35 per cent, 25%, 20%, 29% and
28% in that order at the EGMA, whilst 2017 PHL figures stood at 32%, 26%, 21%,
26% and 30% for rice, maize, cassava, yam, and groundnut in that order.
showed that despite the Assembly’s efforts, progress in terms of reduction in
PHL was slow hence the need to intensify efforts to arrest the situation to
ensure food security and nutrition for all in the area.
There is only
one technical officer at the Department of Agriculture at the Assembly, who
provides extension services to farmers in the area, and he is unable to reach
most farmers in the area, a situation, which affects improved agricultural
Mr Atanga said
the Department of Agriculture at the Assembly would intensify its public
education campaigns on good agronomic practices and PHL to ensure that farmers
adopted the right techniques to reduce PHL while increasing productivity.
Rufai, East Gonja Municipal Coordinating Director, called on community members
to take active interest in the activities of the Assembly to reduce PHL to
Ayijunu, Project Manager in-charge of V4CP at SNG called for commitment amongst
members of the PHL Working Team to help reduce PHL as well as ensure food
security and nutrition.