The Karaga District Assembly, with the Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) project, has presented 370 small ruminants and 120 Salt Lick to 120 vulnerable households in the Karaga District of the Northern Region.


The beneficiary communities are Karaga and Nangunkpang.

The distribution of the small ruminants, which falls under the livelihood and agriculture component of the RING project, is to ensure increased access and consumption of diverse quality food among the target households, especially among women and children under five.

In a statement issued to the GNA, Mr. Imoro Yakubu, District Chief Executive of Karaga, who presented the animals to the beneficiary women in Karaga, said improving the livelihoods of the people in the Northern Region was the surest antidote to reducing poverty in Northern Ghana.

Mr. Imoro said the District would work assiduously to accelerate the pace of activities and implementation of interventions such as small ruminants rearing, dry season leafy green vegetable cultivation and soybean production, among others, to empower the vulnerable women to produce enough food for household consumption.

“Lifting the people out of poverty, especially our women, is of priority to the Government of Ghana,” Mr. Yakubu stated.

According to the Karaga District Chief Executive, the RING Project had brought respite to the people of the Karaga District in the areas of nutrition improvement through the production and consumption of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes and leafy green vegetables.

He cautioned the beneficiary households against the sale of the animals rather than using them for their intended purpose.

“The animals are yours forever and no one will ever come to take them back,” Mr. Yakubu stressed, while urging the beneficiary women to take good care of the animals by feeding animals regularly and observing good sanitary practices in their pens to make the investment of the development partners worthwhile.

Mr. Yakubu also assured the beneficiary communities and households that selected Community Livestock Workers had been sensitised and trained on disease recognition, medication and vaccines administration to provide support to them.

The beneficiary households have also received training in the areas of disease recognition, prevention and control, farm sanitation and hygiene practices, improved housing and maintenance and supplementary feeding.

He also thanked the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the people of America for the RING project, and assured them that the district would put their shoulders to the wheel by effectively targeting the more vulnerable people for assistance to alleviate the plight of the people.

Mr. Gabriel Timbillah, a RING Livelihoods Officer, called on husbands and beneficiary household members to support the women to take good care of the animals because the benefit was for the entire household.

Fuseina Yakubu, a beneficiary of the small ruminants at Karaga Community, expressed gratitude to USAID and the Karaga District Assembly for providing her a source of livelihood.

He promised to take good care of the animals in order for them to multiply to generate income from it to improve the nutrition and income status of her household.

RING is a five-year USAID-funded project aimed at improving the livelihood and nutritional status of vulnerable households in targeted communities in the 17 District of the Northern Region.

The project interventions are implemented through a collaborative approach between Global Communities (GC) the District Assemblies (DAs) in the Northern Region and the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC).


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