NGO launches 2 films to boost soybean production in northern Ghana

BY: Suweiba Yakubu
NGO launches 2 films to boost soybean production in northern Ghana
NGO launches 2 films to boost soybean production in northern Ghana

In an effort to improve the production of Soybean in the country, ContryWise Communication, a multimedia corporate organization working towards promoting agriculture in rural Ghana, has launched two films for farmers in Tamale.

Dubbed: “How to grow Soybeans”, the initiative is being implemented by the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) and the Gren-Ef Eco Business Village Ltd.

The initiative is aimed at educating farmers from the three regions of the north on the right agronomic practices to follow in order to help reduce post-harvest losses and also boost the production of the crop.

The films, which are being premiered in both the English language and the Dagbani dialect use drama and music to illustrate to the farmer 10-best steps to follow in growing the Soybean crop.

Speaking at the launch, the Executive Director of CountryWise Communication Ghana, Mr Raymond Vuol said using audiovisual materials would help to demonstrate to the farmers some of the best farming practices they could adopt when growing soybean.

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Mr. Vuol said the films would be translated into about eight other local dialects and screened to over 200 villages across the three regions of the north.

“We will be using our mobile multimedia tricycle vans to reach out to the over 200 villages because we have a targeted goal at the end of the day, which is seeing a considerable change in the practices and yields of our farmers,” he said.

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A representative of CABI, Mr Duncan Sones, for his part, said the film would offer a good value alternative for the farmer to see with their own eyes how to grow a crop like Soybean.

“Last year, around 300 people attended each screening, half of whom were school-aged children. Of the numbers, the women outnumbered the men, and I am so glad again that these screenings help not only to educate the farmers but also entertain their families,” he said.

Mr Sones added that the farmers would also be trained on how to use the ‘P fertilizer’ and the Sarifix inoculants, which are very good for the soybean crop.

Mr Mohammed Sachibu, the Chief Executive Officer of Green-Ef Ltd said their organization was very happy to be part of the initiative, and added that they were going to support the initiative in any way they could.