Selected artisans from some mining communities within the Nabdam and Talensi district have benefit from Trax Ghana – Tools for Self-Reliance entrepreneurship and life skills training.

Artisans from some mining communities within the Nabdam and Talensi district have benefit from Trax Ghana – Tools for Self-Reliance entrepreneurship and life skills training. The training forms part of the quest to equip youth from the mining communities with artisanal skill in trade fields like seamstress, blacksmith, carpentry, masonry, shoe making/repairs, motorbike repairs, appliance repairs and bicycle repairs under the program “Preventing illegal gold mining by supporting self-reliance through artisanship and craftmanship”.

The business and life skills training focus its attention on areas including money management, record keeping, savings culture (including VSLA), and good human health (including HIV/AIDS and STIs).

The training organized in Bolgatanga, the regional capital hosted the participants from Pelungu (Nabdam district), Duusi and Gbani (Talensi district) for three days. The beneficiaries who will be attached to master craftsperson’s in the listed trades, will have twelve months to stay with their trainer to undertake an in-depth practical training in their respective fields.

Inaugurating the program, Trax program manager welcome the participants and lauded the artisans for their giant decision taken to learn a trade after they have been engaged in illegal small-scale gold mining. Again, he appealed to the participants to with hold the opportunity and to prove a difference in learning their respective trade they have shown interest in since they have not had formal education up to the senior high and have no employable skill to improve their livelihood in the near future.

Seeking to provide employable skill to the youth and to minimize the widespread of environmental degradation through soil disturbance caused by galamsey, Trax Ghana – Tools for Self-Reliance will support the beneficiary artisans with apprenticeship fee, tools kits and loan funds to establish their own shop after they are fully trained and graduated.

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Farm Management and Business Development Training at Pelungu-Ndong

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Donation of Items towards 2017 Bolga Municipal Agric. Development Unit Farmers’ Day Celebration

Trax Ghana donates items towards Bolga Municipal Agric. Development Unit 2017 Farmers’ Day Celebration on the theme; “Planting for Food and Jobs”

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Good Agriculture Practices

Ecological bio diverse systems do not just protect bees and pollinators that feed us, they also control pests through a natural pest/predator balance.They support an abundance of natural enemies, which prevent the explosion of pest populations.

However, industrial paradigm of knowledge and agriculture, pest control is a matter of war. Over the past years the farmers at (Ndong) Nadam district in the Upper East Region who are dry season gardeners have witnessed a drastic increased in the use of pesticides that have their origins in the chemical warfare. Pesticides have devastated the ecosystem and to friendly pollinators and health status of farmers. But pesticides do not control pest, rather, they create them.

Pest increase with the application of pesticide because beneficial species are killed and pest become resistant to chemicals. This is a very serious challenge to Mr. Lamsing Tii farm at Ndong  who cultivated with aphids and white flies. He tried all the cocktails of pesticide to no avail.

 

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A follow-up training on wood-ash / Soap preparation was carried out to solve pest invasion by the auspices of Trax Ghana/CAOF collaboration. Participants of 45- 15 females and 30 males appreciated the facilitators for a timely training that will solve their main headache as far as the pest issues are concerned.

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Training on composting

Trax Ghana organised training on composting for smallholder farmers and CAOF members in the Upper East Region.

The objective of Trax is to  change the paradigm of industrial agriculture to another new emerging paradigm, one that maintains continuity with time,honored ways of working together with nature and is governed by the law of returns.

The aim of this training is to disseminate suitable technologies to develop a healthy and safe product for use as fertilizer for smallholder farmers. The training presents the vision of CAOF and its collaborator regarding agriculture. High and sustainable production while conserving resources, reducing negative impact on the environment and enhancing natural capital and provision of ecosystem services.

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Regenerative Agriculture and Bio fertilizer

Trax Ghana and 12 countries making a total of 58 participants of both males and females were invited to be trained on regenerative agriculture and Bio fertilizer.This is to enable the countries on organic farming focused on the development of bio fertilizers.

The training took place at SACDEP Training Centre in Thika Kenya, East Africa from 3rd to 7th  October, 2017. The trainer was Jairo Restrepo, a renowned scientist, organic farmer, activist for smallholder farmers and teacher. Many local and international NGO were represented.

The  12 Africa countries that took part include; Ghana, Malawi,  Senegal, Niger, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania,Togo, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Mali.

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Shea Butter Processing Plant

Tree aid Ghana have handed over a Shea Butter Processing machine to Pelungu Village Tree Enterprise Groups.

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