Livelihood empowerment Non-governmental Organization, WUZDA Ghana has distributed small ruminants of sheep to communities in the districts which it is implementing the Farm Promoting Urban Waste for Livelihood and Food security Project, funded by Bread for The World in Germany.
Seven households in each community received a sheep each which is expected to reproduce and help in improving the livelihood of its owner.
The initiative is part of the project’s aim of cutting down poverty levels in communities in rural northern Ghana by providing sustainable livelihood ventures.
Each household is expected to rear the sheep and get it to multiply, and then give back two young ones after two years, these would be given to other households so as to ensure that the distribution chain continues.
To ensure the animals remain in good health always, there are veterinary officers, trained and stationed in the communities to extend services to all the households.
Officer in charge of the Farm Promoting Urban Waste for Livelihood and Food security Project, Mr. John Adams said the reason for the recovery of two sheep is to gauge and improve the seriousness of the farmers in taking care of the animals.
He added that as part of moves to make the production process streamlined, plans are underway to give the communities a ram each which will be going round the households from time to time mating the sheep.
Programmes Manager for WUZDA Ghana, Mr. Abdul Karim Ziblim offered the households some tips on how to feed the animals well to ensure they grow well and healthy to get them produce well.
The beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to WUZDA and pledged not to let the laudable initiative down by ensuring the animals are taken care of very well and kept under proper monitoring condition so they do not get lost or die.
The Farm Promoting Urban Waste for Livelihood and Food security is a two year pilot project expected to help in alleviating poverty in the six target communities through advanced practices of vegetable gardening with the use of the bucket drip irrigation system.
The other component of the Farm Promoting Urban Waste for Livelihood and Food security Project is the distribution of small ruminants (sheep) to the households in the target communities.
The project is being funded by the Bread For The World, a charity organization based in Germany.