KADDRO WITH FUNDS FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION AND TROCAIRE HAS ON THE 26TH FEBRUARY 2020, OFFICIALLY HANDED OVER NINE DRY FLOORS IN NINE COMMUNITIES IN THE MUNU-THALLA CHIEFDOM, KAMBIA DISTRICT
There is a wide range of technologies available that, if adopted, would enable smallholders and larger producers to improve the quality and quantity of food/grains during postharvest handling and storage
The post-harvest losses (PHL) strategy should be better integrated into agricultural programs to provide technical advice and affordable solutions to farmers. For smallholders with few options to invest in improved postharvest practices and technologies, the simplest option and one with only minor financial implications is improvement in basic drying, milling and storage. The final quality of rice and crops, ready to market, is sensitive to all post-harvest processes, such as drying, handling, storage, and milling. Rice and other crops are graded using several classifications designed to characterize their quality. Accordingly on-farm rice and other crops, drying and storage has the potential to increase harvest efficiency, reduce harvesting delays, and provide more control over grain quality, all of which contribute to overall market/delivery time flexibility.
To ensure the rural poor in Munu Thalla chiefdom, Kambia district have control over grain quality, to reduce post-harvest losses, and to ensure that rice and other crops harvested quality is maintained, KADDRO a Non- Governmental Organization based in Kambia district with funds from the European Commission and Trocaire, provided support to the people of Munu-Thalla chiefdom in nine communities which is geared towards women‘s empowerment to have improved agricultural skills and to help the rural poor be able to move from subsistence farming to commercialize farming, modern agricultural skills and improved training are provided with them by KADDRO.
Since KADDRO’s mission is to promote sustainable human capital development of poor and vulnerable children, women and youth through education and household security (social, economic and environmental) for a productive society, the people of Munu-Thalla were supported with nine dry floors in nine communities to help reduce post-harvest losses. These dry floors were constructed with quality materials as set standards by our donors, European commission and Trocaire. Having completed the construction of these dry floors, KADDRO officially handed them to the communities for onward utilization by the communities for which they were constructed.
The handing over was done in Laya Munu community on the 26th February 2020, with secretaries and chair ladies from all the other communities present to grace the occasion. The handing over was a symbolic one, which means, staging the activity in one community to represent the other communities
The ceremony was witnessed by the chairman of the Kambia district council and the crops officer from the ministry of agriculture. The chairman of the council was the keynote speaker and he praises KADDRO for a job well done. He prayed that KADDRO will continue to promote Kambia district communities on livelihood and agro- ecological practices and believe our donors, the European Commission and Trocaire will continue to support us with funds for onward delivery