Farmers count the benefits of grasscutter farming in their lives

February 26, 2024
Farmers count the benefits of grasscutter farming in their lives

Farmers in the Region of Ghana are lauding grasscutter as a lucrative alternative livelihood activity with significant economic potential. During a training workshop organized by the Ghana Grasscutter Project, farmers expressed enthusiasm about the benefits of grasscutter farming for improving their livelihoods.

Mr. Jevase Maaleyel, a farmer from Nandom, highlighted the economic benefits of grasscutter farming, noting that it provided a source of protein for his family while also generating income to cater to various needs such as health, education, and food.

Mr. Naadao Aziz, another farmer from Wa, encouraged fellow farmers to venture into grasscutter farming, emphasizing its simplicity and profitability.

Supported by the Grasscutter Initiative for Rural Transformation (GIFT) under the Ghana Grasscutter Project, approximately 40 grasscutter farmers in the Upper West Region are benefiting from training and support to enhance their farming practices.

The project, initiated in 2014 through collaboration between the and Kyoto University, , aims to augment family income, improve protein intake, and promote environmental conservation through grasscutter farming.

Professor Miho Murayama, Director of GIFT, explained that grasscutter farming is well-suited to the region's harsh weather conditions and offers a sustainable source of income for farmers, especially during the dry season when agricultural activities are limited.

Dr. Boniface B. Kayang, another Director of GIFT, underscored the economic value of grasscutters, highlighting their high reproductive rate and appeal in the market.

Supported by the Ajinomoto Foundation (TAF), the project aims to scale up grasscutter farming in the region and facilitate the processing of grasscutter meat for the international market.

Mr. Kenji Shinkai, Manager of TAF, emphasized the project's potential to improve nutrition and livelihoods in the region, leading to its support.

Mr. Titus S. S. Dery, a staff member of GIFT, revealed plans to process grasscutter meat for local and international markets, enhancing its value and marketability.

Dr. Christopher Adenyo, the Project Coordinator, highlighted ongoing research efforts to improve grasscutter breeds, further enhancing the economic potential of grasscutter farming.

The workshop provided grasscutter farmers with valuable insights into farming practices, and participants received certificates of participation, reflecting their commitment to the development of grasscutter farming in the region.

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