Indian investors engage stakeholders in Ellembelle on carbon solutions to agriculture

Some investors from Erda Illumine Low Carbon Solutions Company in India have engaged stakeholders in two communities in the Ellembelle District on sustainable agricultural practices and climate change resilience mechanisms.

The engagement, held at Ki…


Some investors from Erda Illumine Low Carbon Solutions Company in India have engaged stakeholders in two communities in the Ellembelle District on sustainable agricultural practices and climate change resilience mechanisms.

The engagement, held at Kikam and Kamgbunli communities, was attended by stakeholders from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Ellembelle District Assembly, Ghana Education Service, traditional rulers, community leaders, farmers, and the media.

It was a collaboration between the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) and the Erda Illumine Low Carbon Solutions Company.

Climate change has become a global threat to agricultural practices and human existences which required concerted efforts to mitigate carbon from the Greenhouse Gas emissions.

Mr Wepia Awal Addo Adugwala, President of the PFAG, speaking at the opening of the event said the Indian investors were in the district to study the environment and climatic conditions and how best they could assist farmers to find n
ature-based solutions to agriculture.

He mentioned some of the interventions as the use of bio-digesters to produce biogas to fertilize the farms, carbon sequestration, agroecology, afforestation, filtration of polluted rivers and build a dam for irrigation of a rice farm at Kamgbunli as well as an organic tomato farming, among others.

Mr Adugwala assured the investors of their readiness to cooperate with them to ensure a major boost in agricultural productivity in the district.

Mr Gagagdeep Arya, Director at the Erda Illumine Low Carbon Solutions Company, who was flanked by his Programme Associates, Messrs. Kishan Karanaken and Chewdhuny Nasmul Haque, expressed profound gratitude to the PFAG for the maiden invitation to Ghana to help streamline agricultural practices in the quest for food security.

He said negotiations with the EPA had been completed in Accra and asked the communities to pool their resources together to undertake the project which would involve training, education, skills development, an
d direct employment.

The team which had visited a rice farm at Kamgbunli, where a dam was under construction along the River Fia, said they would embark upon filtration of the polluted river from the source for irrigation purposes.

The team also visited the Uthman Bin Affan Islamic Senior High School at Kamgbunli where they assured the school of assisting them in tree planting exercise with economic and other trees.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AGM: Join Duayaw Nkwanta GODCCOS for a better future – Monsignor Boahen Kyeremeh

The Goaso Diocesan Catholic Cooperative Society (GODCCOS) at Duayaw Nkwanta in the Ahafo Region has held its second Annual General Meeting with a call on persons within its catchment areas to join the society.

Monsignor Anthony Boahen Kyeremeh, Union…


The Goaso Diocesan Catholic Cooperative Society (GODCCOS) at Duayaw Nkwanta in the Ahafo Region has held its second Annual General Meeting with a call on persons within its catchment areas to join the society.

Monsignor Anthony Boahen Kyeremeh, Union Board Chairman, who represented the Goaso Diocese Catholic Bishop, Most Rev. Peter Atuahene, made the call in his address at the meeting attended by shareholders.

He disclosed that GODCCOS was the only financial institution in the country to have paid dividends to its shareholders, within five years of operation.

‘We are credible, and second to none, so have confidence in us, and join us today, for a better future,’ he appealed.

Mr. Augustine Effah Apraku, Board Chairman of the Society urged the staff to treat members and customers with utmost respect and politeness, in order to retain and increase its customer base.

He commended the General Manager, Mr. Joseph Yebuah Adumuah and his charges, for a good start, and urged them to keep up the spirit.

Mr. Osaah
ene Amankwah, Ahafo Regional Director of Cooperatives, appealed to members and prospective ones, to buy more shares, to ensure the growth, viability, and sustainability of the society.

He indicated that Duayaw Nkwanta GODCCOS performed favourably within approved standards, during the year under review.

Membership grew from 211, to 276, posting a growth rate of 23.55 per cent.

The society’s Liquid Funds stood at GHc41,917, hitting 1.6 per cent out of a two per cent maximum required on GHc53,427.46; while Liquid Investments recorded GHc1,403,876.35, representing a whopping 52.6 per cent, against the expected minimum ratio of 18 per cent on GHc480,847.18.

Net Loans to members was GHc1,159,729.65c, from the standardized GHc1,869,961.25, representing 43.4, and a maximum 70 per cents, respectively.

Shareholders received 10 per cent of individual total share value.

The GODCCOS is a non-bank financial institution in the Goaso Catholic Diocese of the Ahafo Region, open to the public.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ho Municipality to develop coconut industry

Mr Divine Bosson, Ho Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), has said the city should take advantage of the government’s coconut revitalisation project to create a niche industry for the regional capital.

Government’s coconut chain rejuvenation project aims…


Mr Divine Bosson, Ho Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), has said the city should take advantage of the government’s coconut revitalisation project to create a niche industry for the regional capital.

Government’s coconut chain rejuvenation project aims to distribute successes with the tropical key fruit across the country, and the MCE who was addressing Members of the Assembly at its first general meeting, said the Municipality’s share of 30,000 seedlings under the project should kickstart the development of a major enclave for the crop.

He said the industrial city already held prospects for the crop with a handful of commercial processors and a fast growing appetite for the fruit a superfood.

The MCE, therefore, said when taken full advantage of, the project could cause a physical transformation of the industrial landscape in a matter of years.

‘When we succeed in taking advantage of this project, soon you will see coconut oil and other products lining up for sale in our streets like we see in other places
,’ Mr. Bosson said, promising the needed assistance from the Assembly to individuals and communities that would want to participate in the tree crop project.

The MCE spoke of other bold initiatives to develop the Assembly, including, opening up of roads, and constructing needed facilities such as in sports, security and sanitation.

A new Assembly building for more convenient working environment has been completed and awaiting commissioning.

‘I will continue to take bold new initiatives to benefit the Assembly,’ he told the meeting.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Year-on-Year inflation falls to 23.1 per cent in May, lowest in 26 months

The year-on-year inflation rate fell for the second consecutive month to 23.1 per cent in May from 25.0 recorded in April 2024, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) said on Wednesday, June 12.

The rate is the lowest the country has recorded in the las…


The year-on-year inflation rate fell for the second consecutive month to 23.1 per cent in May from 25.0 recorded in April 2024, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) said on Wednesday, June 12.

The rate is the lowest the country has recorded in the last 26 months, with food inflation contributing to the overall decline.

Food inflation was lower at 22.6 per cent from a previous 26.8 per cent in April 2024.

‘We’ve seen for the second consecutive time, a drop in the year-on-year inflation by 1.9 percentage point to the current year-on-year inflation for May 2024, standing at 23.1 per cent,’ Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, Government Statistician, said.

Speaking at the release of the Consumer Price Index for May 2024 in Accra, he explained that the prices of goods and services between the month of May 2023, a year into the May 2024 went up by 23.1 per cent.

The CPI measures the changes in the price of fixed basket of goods and services purchased by households, with the inherent assumption that once any of the p
rices changes on a month-by-month basis, the total price of the basket would also change.

‘This indicates a slowdown of 1.9 percentage point relative to the year-on-year inflation that was recorded in the month of April 2024,’ the Government Statistician explained.

‘On a year-on-year basis, the 23.1 per cent that’s been recorded for the month of May 2024 is the lowest rate of inflation that’s been recorded for the last 26 months,’ he said.

He noted that between March and May 2024, there has been a decline from 25.8 per cent in March to 25.0 per cent in April before a further decline to 23.1 per cent in May 2023.

Providing a disaggregation, Prof Annim stated that there was a one percentage point difference between food and non-food inflation, with food inflation recording a rate of 22.6 per cent, while non-food inflation was 23.6 per cent.

‘This is the second consecutive time that we’ve seen food inflation drop in food inflation as March food stood at 29.6 per cent, declining to 26.8 per cent, and for the
second time in a roll, further declined by 4.2 percentage point to 22.6 per cent in the month of May 2024,’ he said.

He noted that the 22.6 per cent that’s been recorded for the month of May 2024, is the lowest food inflation in the last 13 months, with the reverse observed for non-food inflation, which saw a third consecutive increase.

While the inflation rate for locally produced items was 24.7 per cent, that of imported items stood at 19.6 per cent for the month of May 2024.

The rate of inflation is derived from the CPI, and uses three key variables are used both in the computation of CPI and the rate of inflation – prices, quantities, and weights of expenditure in the basket.

The data on prices are collected on a monthly basis from all the 16 administrative regions of the country in 57 markets from about 8,337 outlets for approximately 47,800.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana-UNIDO trade collaboration has enhanced growth, competitiveness of SMEs-Trade Minister

Mr K.T Hammond, the Minister of Trade and Industry, has lauded Ghana’s collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), saying the partnership has enhanced growth and competitiveness of Ghanaian Small and Medium Enter…


Mr K.T Hammond, the Minister of Trade and Industry, has lauded Ghana’s collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), saying the partnership has enhanced growth and competitiveness of Ghanaian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

‘UNIDO and EU support under WACOMP has strengthened capacities in the cassava, fruits and cosmetics export value-chains and the One District One Factory increasing job creation,’ he said.

The Minister said this in a speech read on his behalf at the 3rd Cluster International Conference held in Accra on Wednesday, to strengthen cluster inclusiveness for SMEs.

The conference, provided the platform to discuss and share sustainable solutions and innovations targeted at boosting industrial competitiveness for Ghanaian entrepreneurs in cassava, fruits and cosmetics sectors.

Over 200 participants comprising SMEs supported by the EU-funded West African Competitiveness Program (WACOMP) implemented by UNIDO and the Trade Ministry and delegations from ECOW
AS, Liberia, Nigeria, and Austria strengthened connections to the AfCFTA.

Mr Hammond said, since 2019, the Ministry had worked closely with the UNIDO WACOMP – Ghana team to strengthen SMEs in the country.

He noted that the support funding from the European Union through various technical support, particularly for small businesses had boosted Ghanaian companies to leverage on the international market.

‘From stories of entrepreneurs starting from tabletop to now exporting to other countries under the WACOMP Programme and earning millions and impacting other 44,296 entrepreneurs,’ he explained.

Additionally, Mr Hammond indicated that the impact of the support through the partnership between the Government of Ghana, the European Union and UNIDO, had led to the rapid growth of private sector jobs, both in industry and agriculture, adding that this had generated a lot of rural and urban jobs to address widespread unemployment, especially amongst the youth.

‘As you can see, most of the SMEs here today at this C
luster conference are young, ready to scale up on the support so far provided and producing Made-in-Ghana quality products.

‘I have no doubt in my mind, that if we continue to work as partners and collaborate with one another, we are in the position to unlock the untapped potentials of the MSMEs, which is not only the future of Ghana but other developing countries,’ the Minister noted.

Mrs. Ebe Muschialli, UNIDO Industrial Development Expert and WACOMP- Ghana Project Manager, expressed excitement about the progressive success of UNIDO-supported SMES under the WACOMP.

‘Many of these entrepreneurs have evolved from struggling to comply with market requirements to be part of Ghanaian delegations in international markets. Their products have improved, the value added locally has increased and the packaging and branding has become much more attractive.

‘All this with a strong impact on the local communities in terms of job creation and women economic empowerment,’ he indicated.

Mr. Stavros Papastavrou, UNIDO
Officer in Charge of Ghana and Liberia, noted the strong cooperation between UNIDO and the Government of Ghana citing the joint commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

He highlighted UNIDO’s support to SMEs competitiveness and collective efficiency, agribusinesses, skills development, renewable energy, Kaizen expansion and quality which are all geared to enhance value addition, sustainable production, and access to regional and global markets.

Mrs Malgorzata Pitura, a Representative from the Macro-Economic and Trade Section of the European Delegation to Ghana, said WACOMP – Ghana, was a flagship programme of the EU which sought to support SMEs in the country to take advantage of opportunities presented by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)

‘Supporting SMEs to facilitate SMEs integration in regional and international markets proves to be a strategic approach to ensure that Ghana actively participates in the opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Agr
eement,’ she stressed.

Dr. Charles Kwame Sackey, Chief Technical Advisor of WACOMP-Ghana commended the various clusters whose products have drastically improved over the past five years.

He recounted how many SMEs struggled to implement basic Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) at the beginning and how now, thanks to WACOMP’s support, most of the SMEs have become competitive in both the national and the international markets.

Source: Ghana News Agency

New secondary education curriculum to inculcate Ghanaian values in youth – NaCCA

The new curriculum for secondary education in Ghana is inclusive, learner centred and designed to inculcate Ghanaian values, culture, and morals in young people to propel accelerated and sustainable development.

Mr Reginald George Quartey, Acting Dir…


The new curriculum for secondary education in Ghana is inclusive, learner centred and designed to inculcate Ghanaian values, culture, and morals in young people to propel accelerated and sustainable development.

Mr Reginald George Quartey, Acting Director for Curriculum at the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), said this at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region during a stakeholder engagement on the newly developed secondary education curriculum.

According to Mr Quartey, the new curriculum was flexible and making a paradigm shift from the study of programmes to the selection of subjects, which offered the students multiple pathways to tertiary education and life in general.

‘Now, it doesn’t matter the programmes you are aspiring to offer, you have to select subjects and combine them to have a flexible pathway to the university,’ he said.

NaCCA has initiated discussions around the development of a three-year Senior High School (SHS) and Senior High Technical School (SHTS) curriculum in l
ine with the National Pre-Tertiary Education Curriculum Framework and the National Teachers Standards.

The move had led to the development of 37 subjects for the secondary education while teaching and learning were being developed to ensure the curriculum is rolled out in the 2024/2025 academic year.

The move is part of the reforms being embarked upon by the Ministry of Education to ensure that all secondary school graduates had the skill and competence to progress and succeed in further studies, the world of work and adult life.

Mr Quartey said the comprehensive curriculum aimed to address socio-emotional differences and appreciation of people by instilling discipline, national values, and morals in the learners.

‘There is so much talk about how our values are fading away or being eroded so this curriculum is seeking to push that forward so that learners develop very good behavioural traits and ensure that school and community curricula, which seemed divergent, converge,’ he said.

The Acting Director of
Curriculum said apart from the fact that the new curriculum was learner centred and offered more practical learning opportunities, it was inclusive and had taken serious consideration of persons with disability.

He said ‘currently, NaCCA is developing sign language curriculum for the deaf and the curriculum is also being adapted for the blind students,’ adding that the mathematics curriculum already underway was being adapted for the blind, who currently do not study mathematics at the SHS level.

He called on the stakeholders, particularly parents and actors in the education sector to support the move to ensure that students produced were equipped with the necessary problem-solving skills to contribute significantly to national development.

‘This curriculum seeks to develop students to think about their neighbours, community, this country and the world at large,’ he added.

Professor Avea Nsoh, a Lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba, commended NaCCA and its partners for the new curriculum and i
ts components and added that it would not only offer different pathways to success but when well implemented, would produce nationalistic and patriotic citizens for the development of the country.

He, however, called for more engagements to ensure that the relevant stakeholders appreciated the content of the new curriculum and supported it to achieve the intended objectives.

Mr Simon Asigri, a Retured Educationist, noted that it was refreshing that the curriculum took into consideration the culture, values and morals of the Ghanaian setting and appealed for the teaching and learning materials to be made available when it is rolled out in October.

Source: Ghana News Agency