MiDA organises workshop for NGOs/CSOs

The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), Ghana, has organised a day's workshop for over 60 representatives drawn from Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Kumasi on Friday. MiDA organised the workshop in collaboration with the Ghana Association of Private Voluntary Organizations in Development (GAPVOD) under the theme: "MiDA/CSOs Collaboration: Rural Development through Agricultural Transformation". Mr Martin Eson-Benjanim, Chief Executive Officer of MiDA said 30 Districts have benefited from the Authority's projects in the Northern Sector, Southern Sector and the Afram Plains and that 60,000 farmers were expected to be trained. Mr Eson-Benjanim said since the inception of the programme, about 400 million dollars had been committed to train 40,000 farmers to help improve their yield and livelihood. Mr Eson-Benjanim said on the Agricultural Projects, 241 million dollars would be spent to train farmers on modern methods of farming, increase irrigation development, land tenure and improve post harvest handling services as well as linkages to farmlands and markets. The CEO said 143 million dollars would also be allocated to the transportation project to enhance access to international air and sea ports, improved trunk road network in the Afram Plains and Lake Volta Ferry Services. On the rural development projects, Mr Eson-Benjanim added that 101 million dollars would be used to support community services such as energy for domestic and commercial uses, water and sanitation facilities, strengthen rural financial institutions and public sector procurement capacity. He advised the participants to play advocacy roles on MiDA's projects to sensitize the people in their areas.