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Farmers in Anloga District trained in tomato processing

The department of Agriculture in the Anloga District of the Volta Region has trained over twenty (20) farmers in tomato processing.

The training was held on Wednesday October 5, 2022, as part of the department’s pilot programme to engage farmers in selected farming communities in the district especially women, to give them skills training.

This, according to the Agric department, will also help to reduce the unemployment rate in the district.

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Mr. Emmanuel Atika, the District Director of Agriculture in Anloga said in an interview that, the training is very important in this peak season of harvesting tomatoes.

Facilitator taking participants through the processes

He underscored the need to reduce post-harvest losses, a situation which has affected farmers in the district over the years.

He said, out of every four 4 crates of tomatoes, one crate is thrown out therefore the need for the department to train farmers on how they can process the raw tomato to prevent the loss and create jobs for them.

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Mr. Emmanuel Dzakpasu, the Anloga District Coordinating Director (DCD) urged participants in the training to take advantage of the opportunity to create something on their own.

Participants bottling the tomato paste

Speaking to the media after the program, the trainer, Mrs. Agnes Gakpetor noted that most farmers in the various farming communities usually throw out greater part of their rotten tomatoes, a situation which makes them run at loss during the peak time of harvesting tomatoes hence the training.

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She further advised women to take advantage of this opportunity to enable them save money in their homes.

Some participants who spoke to Journalists expressed their satisfaction about the skills training program and called on others to also avail themselves to be part when it comes to their various communities.

SOURCE: www.ignewss.com| Ghana

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