As part of effort to to empower women’s groups in the Asene Manso Akroso District, the Department of Agriculture in the area has organized an off-farm training programme for women in Akim Asene.
The participants for the one-day training, are from Peace Palm Oil Processing Women Group, Moral Entrepreneurial Group among others, were trained on liquid soap making.
Officer for Women In Agriculture Development (WIAD) in the district, Mr. Samuel Adu, said off-farm activity is any activity undertaken by a farmer outside farming as an additional source of income.
He said the skill acquired is regarded as a source of livelihood for farm households, and as a means to diversify household income sources.
Mr. Zakaria Birikorang, the facilitator for the training, took participants through stages in liquid soap making, ingredients used, and proper packaging for sales.
He advised them not to start their trades with a huge amount of money, but as low as 40 Ghana cedis.
Madam Elizabeth Kwakye, a member of Moral Entrepreneurial Group, a food processing group at Akim Asene, thanked the Agriculture Department, for the off-farm training and said it is also an income diversification strategy.
WIAD under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is a highly competent public institution transforming livelihoods and promoting the wellbeing of especially women, in the Agricultural sector.