Traditional leaders in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region of Ghana have expressed their appreciation for the European Union funded ReDIAL project at a ceremony organized in the municipality to outdoor the project to stakeholders. A statement delivered on behalf on YA-NAA Bukari II, the Overload of Dagbom, by Naa Bapera Gutinli Naa Shahadu Kamaldeen expressed his appreciation to the European Union (EU) for targetting small holder farmers in his traditional area.
The ReDIAL project among other things is providing free thresher services to the marginalised and disabled farmer groups in five selected farming zones in Ghana. It will also provide tailored interventions to reduce post harvest loses whilst the Farm Sense Technology will provide soil testing services to aid farmers understand the soil on which they farm.
Naa Bapera Gutinli Naa Shahadu Kamaldeen whiles likening the ReDIAL project to a seed which enhances livelihood of small holder farmers expressed his gratitude to the European Union for the project and pledged the overlord’s support for the successful implementation of the project.
He said “I am today communicating our overlord’s appreciation and commitment to this project because we believe it has come to help small holder farmers in our traditional area. We are grateful to the EU and it’s Ghanaian implementing partners of the ReDIAL project for bringing such technologies and innovative farmer services that will make farming easier and profitable to our farmers. Our lands are available for all the testing and research works the project will be doing, and we hereby recommend that the youth and other persons interested are prioritised when its time for capacity building and knowledge transfer on best farming practices”.
The initial four year piloting phase of the ReDIAL project is being implemented in the Sefwi Wiawso, Kwahu Afram Plains North, Ejura-Skyedumasi, Techiman and the Yendi Municipalities in Ghana. The implementing partners are Friends of the Nation (FoN), Tropenbos Ghana (TBG) and the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (FRNR KNUST).