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GTLC, SNV to inaugurate anti-Post Harvest Loss platform

By Philip Tengzu

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The Ghana Trade and Livelihood Coalition (GTLC) has reiterated its commitment to reducing Post Harvest Losses (PHL) among farmers in the Upper West Region with the introduction of a Post Harvest Loss platform.
The 17-member platform which was part of activities under the SNV Voice for Change (V4C) partnership, comprised representatives of eleven organisations including the media, governmental and non-governmental organisations, Civil Society Organisations, the private sector and research institutions.
It could be recalled that the government introduced the Planting for Food and Jobs programme in 2017 as part of efforts to improve the agricultural sector of the nation’s economy, however, PHLs still remained an impediment to the success of the programme.
Mr Emmanuel Wullingdoll, Policy Officer for the GTLC, revealed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Wa on Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting by the forum to discuss its Terms of Reference.
He explained that the Post Harvest Loss platform was born from the recommendations of a PHL forum held in Wa in January which sought to coordinate the efforts of actors on a common platform against PHL.
The Policy Officer added that the platform would also bring onboard other stakeholders such as transporters of food crops and Farmer Based Organisations among others in the fight against the menace of Post Harvest Losses.
“There are several stakeholders working to address the issue of PHL hence the need for a multi-sectoral platform to ensure a well coordinated action and approach towards managing PHL in the region.
Farmers in the Upper West Region put in a lot in producing food but a lot of it is lost and therefore there is the need for that coordinated efforts to tackle it and to educate farmers to adopt good post harvest management practices to ensure that they are able to preserve their food for a longer time”, Mr Wullingdoll said.
According to him, farmers lost a great proportion of their farm produce to PHL which affected their economy and the nutritional value of the food and called for conscious efforts to sensitise farmers to effective PHL management practices.
On his part, Mr Abdul-Rahaman Tawfic, 2018 Upper West Regional Best Farmer and member of the PHL platform explained that PHL occurred during harvesting on the field through to storage and transportation to the market centres.
The canker, he said, did not only affect the economic status of farmers, but also affected food security and the nutritional content of the food and commended the GTLC and its partners for taking the laudable step to help reduce PHL among farmers in the region.
Mr Tawfic, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Big Ajar Farms, noted that his outfit had been educating farmers on best PHL management practices including appropriate harvesting and storage methods in order to help improve the lots of small holder farmers in the region.

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