AngloGold Ashanti Ghana (AGAG) , working in partnership with Solidaridad West Africa, held a three-day training workshop for Extension Officers on best oil palm management practices and the use of digital tools for monitoring and reporting purposes. Trainees were drawn from Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the five local assemblies in the Adansi Area namely Obuasi Municipal Assembly and Obuasi East, Adansi Asokwa, Adansi North and Adansi South Districts. The training was part of preparations for implementation of the Climate Resilient Oil Palm Project (CROP).

Economic Development Superintendent of Anglogold Ashanti Ghana Obuasi Mine Mr. Daniel Arthur-Bentum said the training forms part of AGAG’s Climate Resilient Oil Palm Project aimed at diversifying the local economy, fostering tree planing and enhancing livelihoods of farmers. The training will equip the extension officers to support farmers, adopt and monitor best management practices to achieve the carbon capture target.

“Our analysis has shown that farmers do not adopt the best Manager practices, and hence are not able to optimize what they need to be able to get good yields. We are optimistic that with the knowledge acquired from this training program, our Extension Officers will be able to train the farmers on the field…and make them better off”.

Mr. Daniel Arthur-Bentum | Economic Development Superintendent, Anglogold Ashanti Ghana Obuasi Mine

Senior Program Officer of Solidaridad West Africa Mr. Paa Kwesi Forson explained that the training program was designed to build the capacity of Extension officers to relate to, interact with and better inform oil palm farmers in their respective districts. Mr. Forson cited lack of resources and capacity training as key challenges facing agricultural officers in Ghana. He said Solidaridad was working with Anglogold Ashanti Ghana to provide farmers with the resources and requisite training needed for their work.

Mr. Prudence Owusu Mensah and Mr. Raphael Atta Preprah, from Obuasi East and Obuasi Municipal Assemblies respectively commended AGAG and Solidaridad for the training opportunity, which they noted had relevance for government’s Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) program.

Anglogold Ashanti Ghana (AGAG) Obuasi Mine launched the CROP Project in 2021 in collaboration with Solidaridad West Africa to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation through local economic development. Llands in the Adansi enclave are climate vulnerable due to the activities of illegal miners. AGAG plans to leverage the Climate Resilient Oil Palm Project to reclaim those lands and use them for economic purposes by planting oil palms. For the first phase, the project hopes to reclaim 1000 hectares of land in the five years for planting oil palm and agroforestry trees.


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