INBAR opens a bamboo Common Production Training Centre (CPTC) in Ghana.
INBAR West Africa Regional Office (WARO) has opened a Bamboo Common Production Training Centre (CPTC) at Obogu in the Asante-Akim South District in Ghana to provide skills training in bamboo product development. The CPTC concept is an innovative approach aimed at providing access to bamboo processing machinery and a skill learning centre in bamboo product design under the Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The centre provides an opportunity for artisans to improve their economic livelihood and income by developing their skills to produce high-quality bamboo products while offering smallholder farmers the opportunity to cultivate and sell bamboo culms for income. The centre is equipped with machines to process bamboo culms, produce laminated boards, toothpicks as well as support training in bamboo furniture design including the production of school desks for schools in Ghana. Over 2500 artisans and smallholder farmers, including women and youth are expected to benefit from the centre through bamboo processing, product quality improvement, bamboo material supply and skills development.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Dr. Ernest Nti Acheampong, Director at INBAR West Africa Regional Office and Project Manager of the Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme said, the establishment of the CPTC formed part of an empowerment and poverty reduction strategy aimed at supporting livelihoods through income-generating activities. Mr. Michael Kwaku, INBAR National Coordinator (Ghana), in a statement assured INBAR’s commitment to facilitating and providing the needed knowledge and skills to create jobs while protecting the environment using bamboo. He said INBAR was working with the government to enhance the bamboo and rattan value chain in Ghana. He commended the Asante Akim District Assembly, the Chief of Obogu, and the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) and other stakeholders for their instrumental role in the establishment of the centre and called for their continuous support for its sustainability.
Mr. Alexander Frimpong, the Municipal Chief Executive, said the idea to establish the bamboo processing centre was conceived as far back as 2007 but implementation remained a challenge until INBAR stepped in. He mentioned that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Asante-Akim South Municipal Assembly and INBAR West Africa Regional Office to support the efficient operations of the centre. He also acknowledged the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) for their support in the establishment of the centre. He emphasised that the commissioning of the centre was a huge step towards the industrialisation of the local economy. He was grateful to INBAR and IFAD for the investment and opportunity to create jobs within the bamboo value chain and charged managers of the facility to ensure its proper maintenance for the benefit of all.
Hear from Mr. Michael Kwaku Ghana National Coordinator and some of the trainees about the new Bamboo Common Production and Training Centre (CPTC) in Ghana, in the video below.