Hohoe, Sept 23, GNA – Nana Louis Akata, Biakoye District Chief Executive, has said public-private partnership (PPP) collaboration, especially in agriculture and industry holds the key for accelerated development and wealth creation.
He called for repositioning by stakeholders under the PPP collaboration to rationalize their gains and broaden the frontiers for enhanced growth in the economy.
Mr Akata said this during the launch of the Biakoye District Beekeeping Project, under which ten individuals are undergoing capacity training with collaboration with the Volta Region Association of Beekeepers (VORAB).
It was organised by the Tapa-Abotoase based Eden Garden Beekeeping Project and supported by the Ghanaman Community Re-Investment Trust Fund.
He said bee-products apart from their medicinal properties was also sources for food, income generation and enhanced livelihood but urged stakeholders to re-strategise, in the advent of failing weather conditions due to climate change impacts.
Mr Akata commended the Association for their innovation into the breeding of stingless bees, whose medicinal properties superseded that of the well-known sting-bees.
He pledged the Assembly’s support to the Association and commended Nana Oboafuor Asante II, Tapamanhene for the release of land for the Association’s activities.
Mr Samuel Y. Torsu, Executive Director of VORAB, said membership currently stood at 1,331, producing about 25 metric tons of honey annually in the region.
He said VORAB was embarking on District Apiaries Development and Resource Centres project throughout the region to enhance afforestation and organic beekeeping as well as biodiversity conservation, which would be executed with a $60,000 Skills Development Fund from the Council for Technical and Vocational Training (COTVET) grant.
Mr Torsu, therefore, called on individuals, donors, conservationists and biodiversity advocates to come to their aid.
Mr Sylvester Zigah, Treasurer and Trustee of Ghanaman, said his outfit was supporting this project with GH¢8,000 out of the GH¢ 1.8 billion facility disbursed in the last two years to support community-based development projects in education, agriculture, environmental conservation and social services.
He said the Trust Fund supported projects up to GH¢20,000, an initiative of the United States government towards poverty reduction and wealth creation through the African Development Fund (ADF).
Mr Mkpe Kodjo Tornyi, Manager of Eden Gardens, said the training module expected to last 12 months, was estimated to cost GH¢30,000 and appealed to corporate, non-governmental and public institutions to support them realize their dream.
Ms Abigail Dzuke Sosu, 12-year class six pupil of the Holy Road International School at Tapa-Abotoase and trainee told the Ghana News Agency that she was desirous of plying this trade alongside her education to better her lot and generate income to support her growth.
Eden Gardens and Ghanaman have jointly provided a total of 130 bee-hives to members of VORAB in the Biakoye district.