The Ghana Grains Council (GGC) in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) has trained 500 rice farmers on Warehouse Receipting System (WRS) in the Northern Region.
The farmers received training on grading, weighing and milled rice quality assurance issues and were drawn from various Farmer Based Organisations (FBOs) in the Tamale Metro, Savelugu-Nanton and Tolon-Kumbugu districts of the Northern Region.
The WRS offers grain farmers the opportunity to clean, grade, fumigate, package and store their harvested produce appropriately in GGC-certified warehouses, thereby increasing the market appeal of their grains. The farmers can also wait for better prices before they sell their grain, and can also sell to profitable markets like the WFP Purchase for Progress (P4P).
According to Dr. Kadri Alfah, CEO of GGC, the rice farmers, who work with various FBOs, will be issued with a warehouse receipt upon storing their grain.
“The farmers can use this receipt as collateral to secure loans while waiting for better prices for them to sell.
“Once they sell their grain, the bank which provided them with the loan will deduct the principal, the interest and other charges from the sale of their produce.”
Through the WRS training, the rice farmers will be guaranteed quality and quantity of their grain in storage and will be offered daily rice price data, through their mobile phones or other means, to enable them decide on the right time to sell their stored produce.
The training workshop for the rice farmers is one in a series of workshops organised by GGC and its partners to deepen understanding of the WRS by various stakeholders in the agric value chain process.
The GGC, which is largely funded by USAID through the ADVANCE project, is positioning itself as the leading grain industry association responsible for establishing warehouse standards and enforcing standards based on best industry practices for the reduction of post-harvest losses of grain.