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Ghana close to securing insurance scheme for farmers



Ghana is on the brink of securing an insurance scheme for smallholder farmers in the northern part of the country under the Africa Risk Capacity of the African Union.

Having completed the initial processes, the AU has given Ghana a certificate of good standing that paves the way for the country to pay a premium for the weather index based insurance package for smallholder farmers to ensure food security.

Under the package, the AU would pay compensation to farmers whose crops would be affected by long-dry-spell, an adverse effect of climate change.

Mr Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh, the Director General of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), announced this at a side event of the ongoing COP26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

He said the report covering the insurance would soon be presented to Parliament and Cabinet for approval and then to the Finance Ministry for the premium to be paid.

He explained that Ghana, through NADMO, had gone through a number of processes including documentation and customisation to qualify for the insurance package, which was under the Africa Risk Capacity (ARC) of the AU.

The ARC seeks an African solution to one of the continent’s most pressing challenges; climate change, and with the commencement of the insurance package, it would allay farmers’ fear of unpredictable rainfall.

Statistics from the Ghana Meteorological Agency indicate that there had been a decline in the long-term mean of 6,550 mm, which was the normal rainfall pattern at the beginning of the 2000s.

Mr Agyemang-Prempeh also corroborated the rise in droughts, floods and bushfires in the past two decades and that NADMO was working tirelessly with other relevant institutions, both government and non-government, to mitigate, adapt and build resilience for communities against those hazards.

Madam Charlotte Norman, the Director of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction at NADMO, explained to the Ghana News Agency that “The scheme is dependent on automatic weather stations.”

Automatic weather stations (AWS) are map-based systems that record daily climatic data including wind, rainfall, relative humidity and temperature.

“The insurance programme uses data from AWS to ascertain when farmers are affected by the weather, and payouts are made based on this data,” she said.

“For example, if there are more than 12 consecutive dry days (less than 2.5 mm of rain) within 20 km of a weather station, it will automatically trigger a payout to policyholders.”

With the insurance system farmers would not need to complain to the insurance company, Madam Norman said, and that once their dashboard showed a dip in the rainfall a trigger was recorded.

The Scheme would provide comfort to smallholder farmers and address the internal migration from the north to the south in search of jobs due to loss of livelihoods as a result of drought, as well as lessen government’s burden in terms of providing relief items should a disaster strike.

Mr Charles Nyaaba, the Head of Programmes and Advocacy, Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, said the Association welcomed the insurance scheme, which would make farmers heave a sigh of relief.

“The issue of drought, for some years now, has been one of major problems of farmers, particularly in the northern part of the country,” he said.

“The normal planting season has changed from May to June-July. The observation is that a month after planting, dry spells would set in for some time and then the rains would begin with high intensity, destroying the crops.”

Mr Nyaaba commended the Government for taking up the initiative and appealed to the relevant bodies to fast-track the processes to operationalise the scheme.

“This is a great initiative because the risk involved in farming, which is linked to the unpredictable nature of rainfall, makes farming unattractive,” he said.

“No one is willing to procure loans due to the fear of losses. When the insurance is secured farmers can boldly borrow from financial institutions, procure simple tools and expand their farms. It will coil all the fears, build resilience and contribute to food security.”

This story was produced as part of the 2021 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organised by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Centre for Peace and Security.

Source: GNA


National: 2023 Budget: TUC to reject government’s salary projection of ₵44.9m





After several attempts to reach an agreement with government over an increment in their base pay, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is expected to meet government on Wednesday to finalise a deal.

But before that meeting gets underway, the Trades Union Congress is warning that it will not accept government’s projections in the 2023 Budget.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, reading the 2023 Budget in Parliament projected compensation of employees at GH¢44,990 million (5.6% of GDP).

Earlier, government also proposed a 12% salary increment during the last negotiation with Organised Labour but it was turned down.


Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express on Tuesday, Deputy General Secretary of TUC, Joshua Ansah stated that they would not agree to the projected figure.

According to Mr Ansah, government must expect a fight if they turn up at the meeting with the same proposal.

JoyNews/AdomNews · TUC to reject government’s salary projection in 2023 Budget
“There is no way Organised Labour is also going to accept what has been put in the budget. Well, if the government has made up its mind that it is the way it thinks that he can actually force down the throat of workers, then we are in for a big fight, because there is no way government can pay anything below what we are expecting,” he said.

He noted that Organised Labour will not compromise on their demand for 60% increment in their base pay.

Meanwhile, the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson says government has created a problem by not reaching an agreement with the labour unions earlier.

JoyNews/AdomNews · Dr Yankson on organised labour and government’s negotiations
He believes the current mess could have been prevented.

“These are some of the problems that sometimes we create for ourselves. We had a whole period in which we could have sorted these things, we waited to the last end. Now we can see that we are on a collition course, it is clear,” he said.

Source: Myjoyonline


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Politics: Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory




A Wenchi High Court has thrown out a petition against New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator in the Techiman South 2020 election.

The petitioner was seeking the nullification of the poll which saw the NPP candidate, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah, emerge victorious.

But at the hearing Wednesday, the court explained that the NDC 2020 Parliamentary candidate, Christopher Bayere, who was pursuing the matter, failed to prove the burden of petitioning.

The court was attended by some leaders of the NDC including General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
He was sighted leaving the court premises a few minutes before the judgement.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate had contested the EC’s verdict which gave the NPP’s candidate victory with 49,682 votes representing 50.2 percent of the total valid votes cast, whilst the NDC’s candidate had 49,205 votes representing 49.8 percent of the total valid votes cast.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate insisted that the figures were not a true reflection of the election.

According to him, per the pink sheets of the NDC agents at each of the 267 polling stations, he garnered 50,306 votes in the Parliamentary election whilst the 1st Respondent polled 50,013 votes.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
Electoral Commission fined in 2021

In August 2021, the Electoral Commission of Ghana was fined GH¢4,000 by the court after the Court refused to grant the EC’s request for a stay of proceedings in the dispute on July 30, 2021.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
The EC’s application for a stay of proceedings was to enable it to file a motion to challenge the ruling of the Court at its previous sitting, when it granted the petitioner a motion to amend the title of the writ.

TCounsel for the EC, Emmanuel Addae said the stay of proceedings was to enable him to file supplementary statements in support of the application filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Christopher Beyere Baasongti.

However, reacting to the EC’s stay of proceedings, the Counsel for the petitioner, Justin Teriwajah argued that the motion was frivolous and unnecessarily geared towards delaying the adjudication of the case.

Source: Myjoyonline


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Football: Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style




It was the much-needed win for Ghanaians who were largely sitting on tenterhooks for the final quarter of the game.

And from the reactions, after the South Koreans netted a quickfire double between the 58th and 61st minutes, something had to definitely happen.

Kudus rose to the occasion, found himself at the end of a Gideon Mensah cross and curled the ball past the goalkeeper to restore Ghana’s lead and eventually sealed the game for Black Stars.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
The 68th-minute winner triggered a thunderous celebration across the country and on social media.

Despite late attempts from the Koreans, the game ended 3-2 with Ghana earning a vital win in Group H.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
Alban Bagbin

The jubilation started right from Ghana’s legislative arm where the Speaker, Alban Bagbin was caught on camera dancing to one of the goals on the day from his office.

The ecstatic Speaker punched the air while clad in his Black Star jersey in the company of other officials of the House.

Asamoah Gyan runs

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan was on punditry duty at SuperSports TV.

However, the ethics of being on a live set could not suppress his excitement when the deciding goal was scored.

Filled with elation, the former skipper run out of the set in jubilation shouting atop his voice.

His iconic goal celebration was his response when asked about his reaction to some moments of the game.

Fans in clean-up mode

Now, supporters of Japan’s national team have been earning praise in Qatar for their zeal toward cleanliness after each game.

This win seems to have presented Ghanaian fans with the opportunity to emulate this off-pitch tradition.

While many celebrated the win at full-time, other fans were seen moving boxes around to collect the waste left by their colleagues.

South Korea’s Son not in selfie mood

Another interesting sight came from an official from the Ghana dressing room posing for a selfie.

The subject Son Heung-min was almost in tears after his team lost at full-time.

Otto Addo’s side will now face Uruguay in their last game looking to secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.

Source: Myjoyonline


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