Earlier in the month of October 2021, Goshen Global Vision an environmental NGO in the Western Region with support from #UnitedStatesForestService held its maiden market linkage workshop for Organic Vegetable Farmers whom they have supported in venturing into solely #organicvegetableproduction. The purpose was to introduce to the farmers buyers who are willing to lift their #organicvegetable after they produce.
In an earlier Focus Group Discussions facilitated by Goshen Global Vision and the Extension Office for the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Farmers of Airforce Vegetable Farmers selected Rabbitry as an #alternativelivelihood. Why Rabbits!!
They are prolific and rearing rabbits in their farm will be a value chain system, the rabbits feed will be provided from the assorted organic vegetables, in turn, the urine of the rabbits will be used as #organicpesticipe for #diseasecontrol and their droppings as #organicmanure. Rabbits need less food to survive compared to other livestock. Their meat contains high ratio of protein, energy, calcium and vitamin. Rabbit meat is very nutritious and easily digestible for all aged people because the amount of cholesterol, fat and sodium in their meat is less than other meats for this reason the demand for rabbit meat is getting high overtime.
On 22nd October, 2021, with Funding from the United States Forestry Services, Goshen Global Vision collaborated with the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly and Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly’s directors of Agric and the Regional Extension Officer to donate 6 doe (female) and 6 buck (male rabbits) and three standing hutches (rabbit housing) with a total of 24 rooms to the organic vegetable farmers at the Airforce base.
A capacity building on how to take care of the rabbits was also done for the farmers.
Our aim is for this project to support our organic farmers in a new venture, where proceeds from sales of the rabbits can be put in a revolving fund that any of them at a point of need can be assisted with.
The Executive Director Mary Perpetua Kwakuyi stressed on the sustainability of the project by encouraging the farmers. She urged the leaders of the organic farmers to own the project and ensure it last to achieve its aim.