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