BONGO: 125 farmers in Bongo Anafobiisi receive goats for rearing
THE BONGO Anafobiisi Community Development Association (BANACOMDA) in the Bongo District has presented 125 goats to its members, as part of its Livestock Project to help promote their economic activities. The beneficiaries were mainly women.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony on Wednesday, the Chief of Bongo Anafobiisi, Naba Anyanebah Akolgo Saabo II, observed that the economic importance of livestock such as goats and sheep in the area, cannot be looked down upon, thus the move by NABACOMDA to reduce poverty in the area through its livestock project.
He added that the association, which was inaugurated in February this year, critically studied the poverty level of the people, and realised that the only way their lives could be improved quickly, would be through the rearing of goats, which is easier, as compared with the rearing other livestock like guinea fowls, especially, by women.
The project is receiving support from Dr. Nana David Mensah, a philanthropist at Carpenter near Bole in the Northern Region, who visited the area in July 2011, and presented an amount of GH¢16,850 cash to BANACOMDA for the commencement of the project.
According to Naba Anyanebah, the project was targeting 200 beneficiaries covering all the ten communities under Anafobiisi. These are Ayesikabisi, Saabo, Bongo Kukua, Akansiriga, Adaatobisigo, Leiligo, Dalga, Zuen, Zobokin, and Wegurogo.
On the sustainability of the project, the Chief said it would operate on a revolving basis, where the beneficiaries are expected to return a goat each to the association for others to benefit.
The association is also expecting to increase the number of beneficiaries, through its internal generated funds, which come from household levies, worker’s levies, and proceeds of the distribution of the goats given to beneficiaries for a token fee of GH¢7.
Naba Anyanebah disclosed that BANACOMDA would take care of the treatment of the animals, and the Ministry of Agriculture is expected to begin the vaccination of the goats soon.
He appealed to the Bongo Traditional Council, the district assembly, heads of departments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to help hook the association to benevolent organisations to support widows, orphans, and women’s groups who are always on the association to support them establish their businesses.
The Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area, Naba Baba Salifu Leyarum, praised his sub-chief for the initiative, and challenged the beneficiaries to take good care of the animals, so they can reap the benefits.
Mr. Clement Akrugu Tia, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bongo, observed that due to inadequate land, coupled with its rocky nature, the only way the people can survive as farmers is through the rearing of animals.
The beneficiaries should, therefore, see the animals as being theirs, and take care of them to gain their full benefits.