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Upper West Regional PHL platform combats PHL with 5-year strategic plan

By Radio Mak || Domoyuga Karim Hawawu || Philip Tengzu

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The Upper West Regional Post Harvest Loss Management Platform has said it would develop a 5-year strategic work plan towards mitigating the effects of post harvest loss among farmers in the region and the country at large.
The 5-year strategic work plan would detail the activities to be undertaken by the platform within the 5-year period (2020-2025), and the required budget needed to implement those projects.
Mr Ubald Sabogu, the Vice Chairman of the Platform, stated this when he addressed the media after a day’s meeting of the steering committee of the platform to chart the necessary path towards achieving the objectives of the platform.
The meeting came on the back of the launch of the PHL Management platform on May 28, 2019 to enable the team to assess to processes leading to the launch, challenges and the way forward.
The multi-stakeholder PHL management platform was born out of the recommendations of a PHL forum held in Wa in January 2019 which sought t to coordinate the efforts of actors in the agricultural sector on a common platform against PHL.
The platform which was part of activities under the SNV Voice for Change partnership, comprised representatives of eleven organisations including the media, governmental and non-governmental organisations, Civil Society Organisations, the private sector and research institutions.
Mr Sabogu noted that the core steering committee meeting was also to enable the committee to develop a tentative work plan to guide the activities of the platform from now to December 2019.
The tentative work plan spells out the process of developing the 5-year, to conduct a baseline survey on the PHL management interventions being implemented in the region, including available ware houses, their location and impact on the farmers; to inform the platform on the appropriate advocacy approach.
Mr Abdul-Rahaman Tawfic, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Big Ajar Farms and 2018 Upper West Regional Best Farmer, advised farmers to take good precautionary measure in storing their produce to maintain the quality of the food until they were ready to sell.
He said as part of the activities of the platform, farmers would be sensitised to the appropriate ways of storing their food to minimise post harvest losses to reduce their tendency of storing their farm produce with harmful chemicals.

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