THE Ntotroso Traditional Council has decided to collaborate with Rana Sports Company Limited, exporters of teak, agricultural produce and dealers in sportswear to provide technical and financial support for farmers in the area.
The aim of the collaboration is to boost agricultural production and raise the income of the farmers.
In this regard, the company is to offer assistance to farmers who are mostly engaged in subsistence farming to go into large-scale mechanised agricultural production as a way of reducing poverty and ensuring food security in the area in particular and the nation as a whole.
Subsequently, the company would provide farmers in the area with tractors to plough their lands free-of-charge, supply them with high yielding seedlings and fertilisers.
Apart from the assistance for farmers in the area, the company would as part of the collaboration with the council, also establish a sports academy to help train the youth in the area who wish to play football.
To ensure the success of the partnership, the council donated a parcel of land to the company for the establishment of the sports academy.
Speaking at the launching of the collaboration at Ntotroso in the Brong Ahafo Region, Mr Emmanuel Arthur, the General Manager of the company, said the initiative formed part of the company’s social responsibility for the area.
He said the company would buy the teak produced by the farmers for export.
Mr Arthur said apart from assisting the youth who had interest in football to unearth their talents, the company would also help those with no interest in the sport to acquire employable skills.
He stated that the company was already operating at Kasoa in the Central Region and at Nzema in the Western Region where it bought dry coconut from local farmers who had been assisted to go into that production for export.
The Chairman of Rana Sports Group of companies, Mr Rana Mohammed Yaseen, expressed gratitude to the chief and people of Ntotroso for their warm reception, adding that the decision to partner the company to help improve the livelihoods of the people in the area is his prime insterest.
The Ntotrosohene, Barima Twereku Ampem, gave the assurance that Nananom would continue to collaborate with groups and individuals such as Rana Sports to invest in the area.