The Partnership for Poverty Reduction (PPR), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in Tamale has presented a total of 400 Knapsack spraying machines to some selected farmers in the Yendi Municipality in Northern Region.
The gesture, worth GHC16,000 is meant to increase farm production and also reduce poverty among the farmers in the area.
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries at a short ceremony in Yendi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)of PPR, Alhaji Farouk Alieu Mahama, the son of the late Vice President, Alhaji Alieu Mahama, said the gesture is intended to improve the livelihoods of the farmers.
Some of the farmers at the ceremony
He said the knapsack spraying machines would help the farmers to cultivate vast fields of land since the machine would reduce the cost of production and labour.
He said the NGO would liaise with some financial institutions to get credit facilities for the farmers to enable them farm all year round.
Alhaji Farouk said many of the farmers in the area are unable to cultivate large acreages of land due to lack of capital, hence the need to provide financial assistance for the farmers.
Alhaji Farouk Alieu Mahama (left) presenting a Knapsack spraying machine to a farmer
He, however, advised the farmers to take good care of the machines, noting that the machines would go a long way to reduce poverty among the farmers in the municipality.
The farmers were also taken through how to use the machines effectively and efficiently.
PPR is a social intervention NGO with a focus to help reduce poverty among the vulnerable and marginalised ones, particularly in rural communities in northern Ghana, especially the Northern Region.