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UDS Has Expertise in Silk Worm Cultivation

2005-03-10 18:03:44
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The University for Deveopment Studies (UDS) has vital research findings and technologies that could be harnessed for accelerated community development, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor J. B. K.Kaburesi, has disclosed.

He said the university had expertise in silk worm cultivation,a venture that could readily replace or complement tomato farming.

He noted that there was also a huge market for the product in Ghana and a new partnership was required to provide new livelihood strategies and improvement of existing ones for the people.

Prof Kaburise disclosed this in a speech read on his behalf at the closing of the 8th Ghana Rural Animator Training (GRAT), at the Centre for Development Communications(CEDEC) at Navrongo in the Kassena-Nankana District of the Upper East Region.

The six-week training was attended by 17 community development workers.Prof Kaburesi observed that increasingly donors were channelling their support to big non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the hope that they would in turn work with community-based organisations (CBOs).

On the other hand, he said the sustainability of most CBOs could not be guaranteed when donor support came to an end, saying this called for the strengthening of capacities of leadership of CBOs.

“You can count on this university”, he said, adding that , very creative minds would also have to be engaged for rural development.Again, he said, the dynamics of donor funding, sustainable NGO growth, vis a vis current national policy and other interesting development issues, could jointly be examined by the UDS and organisations in development work, adding, “we can create a platform for intensified interaction”.

The Chairman of the GRAT steering committee, Dr Daniel Bagah, disclosed that since its inception in 1999, GRAT had trained 175 development workers in areas such as project management, articipatory rural appraisal, community animation and development, gender and development, culture and development,conflict resolution,as well as peace building.

Dr Baah said the UDS was currently running a Diploma in Integrated Community Development at the Faculty of Integrated Development Studies for which graduates of GRAT with three years of working experience in a community development organisation could apply.

The acting District Chief Executive for Kassena-Nankana, Mr George Dan-Yare, noted that a lot of resources abounded in the rural communities but how to properly harness and utilise them was the problem.


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