Trax Ghana, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), operating in northern Ghana in collaboration with Trax Norway, has supported Junior High School pupils in the Bongo District venture into rearing small ruminants.
The introduction of the new form of Educational Scholarship Scheme dubbed: “Trax-Kavli Scholarships Farm”, is being implemented in the Kabusgo community in the Bongo District of the Upper East, where the two NGOs, built a 100-capacity ultra-modern animal housing unit with a mechanized borehole and provided support to Junior High School pupils to go into the breeding of small ruminants particularly goats.
At a ceremony in the Kabusgo community to present a container of solar panels and assorted items to help boost the project, Mr Vincent Subbey, Director, Trax Ghana, said the new form of Scholarship Scheme is being implemented with funding support from the Kavli Trust Fund, Norway.
Mr Subbey said under the scholarship project, instead of giving scholarships in cash to the beneficiaries, the scheme gives brilliant but needy pupils a number of goats to breed and sell their offspring to buy their educational needs.
“Pupils care for the goats, generate income from the goat manure, which is crucial for farming in northern Ghana and sell the offspring to buy their uniforms and books. The premise is that pupils benefit by partnering in the project as opposed to being passive recipients”, he said.
He said to avert the challenge of livestock mortality likely to be faced by the beneficiaries, the project has trained Community Livestock Workers (CLWs) and equipped them with first aid kits to enable them render services at minimal fees to replace used drugs.
Mr Subbey said in December, 2018, Trax Ghana awarded its first badge of scholarships to a total of nine pupils of the Beo-Tankoo, St. Luke and TI Ahmadiyya Junior High Schools.
“We are very happy with the arrival of the solar panels and their accessories from the Trax Norway shipment. As a long term solution to the problem of power outages which often affects the farm, the project will now install solar panels on the farm as a sustainable source of renewable energy. This will also help lower the cost of running the farm, thus making it cost-effective”, Mr Subbey said.
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