Four mango farmers’ associations in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo, Eastern and Volta regions trained in safety measures, including basic first aid and how to handle emergencies—a requirement for GlobalG.A.P. certification.
The Trade Hub contracted the Ghana Red Cross Society, a GlobalG.A.P-accredited institution, to conduct 4 separate, two-day first aid trainings for 62 farmers from August 8-18.
GlobalG.A.P. standards require certified farms to follow environmental, worker health and safety procedures for farmers and other farm workers, visitors and contractors. Workers must also be provided with proper equipment to allow them to work safely and to give proper and timely assistance in the event of accidents.
During the August training, farmers learned what to do in case of pesticide poisoning and injury, as well as how to avoid these situations.
“The trainings have been very helpful,” said Ms. Rita Claribel Dzubey, Acting President of the Quality Mango Farmers Association in Kpando in the Volta Region. “The practical sessions in particular have provided in-depth understanding and equipped us with skills on how best to handle emergencies on our farms than we used to do previously, which can endanger the lives of the injured.”