The Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering Services Directorate, in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), is to organize a five weeks training course for prospective female tractor operators, farm managers, tractor owners, and female farmers at the Agricultural Mechanisation Center at the Wenchi Farm Institute.
The training, which is expected to start from 6th April – 10th May, 2019, forms part of the African Union Development Agency’s (AUDA-NEPAD) Agricultural Technical Vocational Education and Training for women (ATVET Women) project.
GIZ supports the implementation of ATVET for women in Ghana and eleven other partner countries to strengthen the African Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
The Women in the Driving Seat training programme seeks to develop women’s skills in managing agricultural machinery and equipment for enhanced agricultural productivity in Ghana, a portion of the document reads.
The overall objective is to increase women’s employability and earning potential, particularly, in the field of mechanised agriculture.
Trainees will acquire the requisite knowledge and practical skills to operate, manage and maintain tractors and related equipment.
The training center, with support from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Government of Ghana and GIZ, has been stocked with a range of agricultural machinery and materials.
After the five-week training for the beneficiaries, the trainees will be required to undergo a three-month industrial internship with various commercial farms and other industry players, specifically, in the field of agricultural mechanisation, to enable them have enough practical field experience.