Krowor Agric Department Trains Women on Economic Benefits of Soyabeans
The Agriculture Department of the Krowor Municipal Assembly (KROMA) located in the Greater Accra Region has organised a training for some women within the municipality on the dynamic features and uses of Soya bean.
The training session which took place on Tuesday, September 8 along the coast of Nungua saw close to 50 women participating.
The first was organised for the fisherfolks in the Municipality on same day.
Mrs. Patience Bruku, the Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) Officer for the Municipal Assembly who was the facilitator, said soybean was considered for the training after research the agriculture department conducted to ascertain the source of protein for residents within the municipality.
Investigations revealed that despite Nungua being a fishing community, the majority of the residents were malnourished.
While some complained about how fish harvested within the area is processed, others are not able to afford.
This necessitated the decision to educate them about the nutritional value of soyabean and also how to generate income from trading in soya related products.
For her part, the nutritionist for KROMA, Mrs. Winifred Atutor in an interview with Newswatchgh.com said “soyabean orientation was done to provide an alternative to meat and fish in diets”.
She added that soybean was chosen because of the affordability and its health benefits it gives the human body.
Comparing the health benefits of soybean to other protein-related foods she said “it gives moderate weight gain unlike milk which gives excessive weight”.
She recommended that soybean orientation should be organized for the whole community especially adolescents and mothers to create more awareness on the significance of soybean in diet “for a healthy mother raises a healthy family”.
Mad. Elizabeth Tapang-Tettey, the Municipal Director for Agriculture told Newswatchgh.com that the orientation on soybean was part of a series of programmes being held under the Modernizing Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) initiative.
According to her, the five-year initiative which is expected to end next year has assisted the department to make a positive impact in the livelihood of farmers and traders within the municipality.
“So far we have organised agrochemical education program, book-keeping orientation for farmers, fruit juice making, climate change education, post-harvest training, identification of diseases and many other trainings for them” she said.
Source: Newswatchgh.com //Kelvin Aboagye-Yeboah & Nathaniel Korshie Ocloo