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The Ministry of Food and Agriculture says getting Gari processors in the Brong-Ahafo region to practice modern processing methods under hygienic conditions, remains a top most priority. As part of activities mapped out to champion this course, women in the Agric Development department under the auspices of MOFA, continues to interact with processors in parts of the region to keep them abreast with standardized modern ways of processing cassava into products such as wholesome Gari. Latest to benefit from this initiative are processors from Kintampo North and South Municipalities. This is the second in the series of field trips organised by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for gari professors in the Brong-Ahafo region. During the trip, participant processors are offered the opportunity to see at first hand  gari processing in an improved and hygienic manner.  At the Asuogya Agro processing facility in the Techiman North Municipality, the participants were taken through laid down steps involved in handling cassava before processing.The Regional Director MOFA,  Dr. Cyril Quist said the support is not only to improve food safety, but also add value to gari to increase the income of the processors. He encouraged the Participants to take the programme seriously and endeavour to practice the knowledge acquired in order to engender growth in their ventures.  Environmental officers from both Kintampo North and South took turns to advise the participants on the need to practice good hygiene in their operations specifically to avoid contamination. Another area of interest that came up for discussion was the issue of irregular medical check-up habits of most of the processors, a habit that is considered as one of the causative factors of contamination. A Value Addition Officer at the Women in Agric Development Department,  Madam Theresa Wayo,  schooled the participants on proper value addition of products made from tuber crops and urged them to make quality their hallmark rather than quantity.  For complying with the rules and regulations of Gari processing within the Techiman municipality, Mrs. Faustina Agyeiwa’s Processing Centre, Asuogya Agro Processing at Asueyi near Techiman has been adjudged one of the best centers where best methods in processing are practiced. As part of her award, her operations are being supported by MOFA /IFAD Root Tuber Improvement Marketing Programme. She shared her twenty years of experience in the Gari making business with her colleague processors for emulation. With this initiative, the MOFA hopes to enhance the operations of food processors in the region and beyond as it continuously places the requisite know. How in safe food processing at the doorsteps of key players in the industry. 

Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/

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