Wa, May 22, GNA – The Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD) is calling for the establishment of livestock corridors in the country with ancillary facilities such as water, veterinary services and feed.
This, the organisation, says would help the country to properly coordinate the movement of herders from the Sahelian region into and out of the country on seasonal basis.
Mr Daniel Banuoku, Deputy Director of CIKOD, said this during a five-day workshop whose theme was: Trading livestock in West Africa: issues and challenges.
He said the establishment of these corridors would place the country in a better position to adequately tap into the economic potential of the movement of herders and their livestock in and out of the country in search of water and feed through the charging of fees.
Mr Banuoku said there was a lot of environmental stress in the Sahelian countries caused by climate change hence the movement of herders into the coastal countries.
He said rather than seeing this as a security issue, the creation of these corridors, as was done in other countries, would bring a lot of economic gain to the country.
The Deputy Director of CIKOD said but before this could be done there was the need to change the negative perceptions towards Fulani herders for purposes of establishment of relationships that would promote the trading of livestock among all West African countries.
He said these negative perceptions existed because there was disconnect between the herders and farmers.
Mr Banuoku said one of the things CIKOD together with Acting for Life (AFL-France) and Associate in Research and Education for Development (ARED-Senegal) were collaborating to achieve through the “Strengthening the Resilience of Agro-pastoralists Systems in West Africa” project, was to facilitate the establishment of these livestock corridors.
It would also facilitate the establishment of market linkages through the development of market infrastructure to ensure that they tapped the economic benefit of agro-pastoralism in Ghana.
The training, he said, would also enable stakeholders to understand the role they needed to play to ensure that Ghana and the whole of West Africa to enjoy a smooth conflict free livestock production system.
In attendance at the workshop are representatives from the Wa Traditional Council, the Wa Municipal Assembly, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Veterinary Service Department, the security services, and the Forestry Department.
The rest are Butchers and Cattle Dealers Association, National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Herders Association, Farmers Association and the media.