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CAPACITY BUILDING AND TRAINING WORKSHOP ON MUSHROOM VALUE CHAIN



The CLGA in collaboration with the Adentan Municipal Assembly (AdMA) and the Local Governance Network (LoGNet) as part of activities under the PROMUSH Project has held weeks of various training session for farmers, interested farmers and extension officers  on the mushroom value chain.
According to the PIT Chairperson, the objective for organizing the training workshop was to train an estimated seven hundred (700) citizens within the Adentan municipality in various aspects within the mushroom industry. This, according to her would be achieved by training existing mushroom farmers on mushroom production, new technologies, and best practices and to learn from their experiences. She also indicated that a key objective of the project was to train and equip women, youth, PWD and men with the necessary skills in the mushroom value chain and also provide a platform for trainees to network in the mushroom value chain.

The training workshops saw an active participation of over seven hundred farmers and citizens, who at the end of the training expressed great enthusiasm in starting their own businesses in various aspects of the mushroom value chain. Present at the workshop were the Hon MCE of AdMA; Daniel Alexander Nii-Noi Adumuah, the MP for Adentan;


Hon Yaw Boabeng Asamoah, Assembly Members and representatives from the European Union in Ghana.
In his opening remarks to officially begin the session, Hon Nii Noi Adumuah urged the trainees to take full advantage of this life time opportunity and put to good use the skills gained and immediately start up their small businesses which will create sustainable livelihoods, reduce poverty and create wealth in the municipality.
Hon Buabeng Asamoah also emphasized the importance of the project, which he believes is in tandem with the government policies of agriculture development and job creation for sustainable livelihood. He urged trainees to take advantage of the opportunities the Mushroom Centre is offering to make extra income and raise the living standards in the municipality and the country at large. He added that it was the duty of the trainees to imbibe the knowledge and skills, and to use them to improve their income levels.

The Project Coordinator; Mrs. Philomena Norman added that securing another funding support from the European Union will be hinged on how well the Adentan Municipal Assembly, supported by its citizens is able to successfully implement the Project. She therefore prevailed on all trainees to take full advantage of this training opportunity and put to good use the skills gained to make Adentan realize the objective of becoming a mushroom hub in Ghana.
The Trainees were taken through the entire mushroom value chain which includes spawn and compost production, bagging, cropping, processing , marketing and extension services. Trainees registered their areas of interest at the end of the training for subsequent follow-ups and assistance. Participants at the workshop expressed gratitude to the EU and the implementing partners for the knowledge and skills acquired and requested that the project is replicated in other districts to help curb the problem of unemployment. Some trainees could not hide their excitement about how mushrooms were processed into khebab, salad, shito and other pastries such as chips and pie.
 
The Promoting Mushroom Industry in the Adentan Municipality (PROMUSH) Project is a three-year local economic development (LED) project being undertaken by the Adentan Municipal Assembly (AdMA), the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA) and the Local Governance Network (LoGNet) with the objective to create employment opportunities for women, youths and PWDs, develop environmentally sustainable production chain in the mushroom industry and reduce poverty within the Adentan municipality.
The project, which is currently in its second year is being funded by the European union. The EU is contributing 80% of the project cost with the implementing partners together contributing 20%
 



BRIEF ON PROMUSH




The PROMUSH Project is a three (3) year Local Economic Development Project seeking to create employment opportunities for women, youth and PWDs, developing environmentally sustainable production chain in the mushroom industry and reducing poverty within the Adentan Municipality.

The Adentan Municipal Assembly (AdMA), Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA) and Local Government Network (LOGNet) are working together with other local and national actors to implement the project. The project is funded by the European Union (EU) with counterpart funding from the implementing partners. The EU is contributing €660,000 and the implementing partners; €160,000.

The Project objectives include the creation of 5,500 jobs for men, women, persons with disabilities and youth and improving and sustaining incomes of mushroom farmers (annual farmer income of GH¢ 30,000 by December 2020), ensuring 100% use of waste from mushroom production as manure and 80% of sawdust for mushroom production (composting) and Creating 660 mushroom growing and allied enterprises in Adentan Municipality.

The Project is expected to achieve the following results: employ 3000 females and 2500 males including youth and PWDs as growers, baggers, processors & marketers by 2020, create 500 grower enterprises,100 processing enterprises, 50 local marketing enterprises and 10 export enterprises by 2020, high employment rate among women, PWDs and youth, improved annual incomes of mushroom farmers (from GH¢ 4000 to GH¢ 30,000 by 2020), environmentally sustainable mushroom production industry in the Adentan Municipality, ensure 100% of waste from mushroom production is used as manure for agriculture by 2020 and 80% of sawdust generated within the municipality is used for mushroom production by 2020. In addition, The Project seeks to ensure 5% contribution to AdMA’s internally generated revenue from the mushroom industry by 2020 and also ensure increase in mushroom yield of 4 kilos per 13 bags by 2020 and more than 20% increase in mushroom production by 2020.




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