Ghanaian Mine Introduces Vegetable Farming in the Area
The project, which is being implemented in collaboration with the Organisation for Livelihoods Enhancement Services (OLIVES), a non-governmental organisation, seeks to improve availability and adequate access to vegetables all year round.
It will also create income opportunities for farmers within the mine’s host communities.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic during a tour of some of the farms at New Abirem, the Programme Coordinator, Mr Edward Nimako, said the initiative would enable farmers to cultivate their fields as a group in blocks.
He explained that this would help reduce the overall cost and offer support across the crop-growing spectrum.
“This interesting new agricultural practice is the first in the Birim North District in the Eastern Region and it is our hope that more people would benefit from the initiative to improve on their living standards. It is an irrigation facility and we are of the belief that it would also provide fresh exotic vegetables for the growing population of this area as a result of the Newmont Mine,” he added.
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