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A food processing training centre has been established at Wa, in the Upper West Region, to train women’s groups in food processing and packaging for both the local and export market.
The 3.5 billion cedis centre which is equipped with processing machinery was funded from the region’s investment budget.
Emmanuel Eledi, Regional Director of Food and Agriculture, made this known when he conducted Food and Agriculture Minister, Ernest Debrah, round the centre.
Mr. Debrah was on a two-day familiarization tour of the region to inspect projects being undertaken by the ministry.
Mr. Eledi said the centre formed part of the ministry’s effort to modernise agriculture and add value to agricultural products.
He said with the establishment of the centre, women would be trained to produce winimix, a maize meal for weaning babies, soya-bean oil and milk, as well as other products under hygienic conditions. The initiative is expected to improve the protein and nutritional status of mothers and children to help reduce maternal and child mortality in the region.
Women’s groups who undergo the training will be given loans to go into small scale agri-business to better their livelihoods. He urged women in the region to take advantage of the programme to help reduce poverty.
Mr. Debrah asked the Regional Directorate to put the centre to maximum use to benefit the people especially women to justify the huge investment made in the project.
The Regional Minister, Ambrose Dery, gave the assurance that the centre would be put to good use to improve the living conditions of the people.