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Institute Steps to Stem out Waste in the Sheanut Industry

About 80 percent of sheanuts in the Northern Region remain unharvested and go to waste in the wild due to the lack of a comprehensive system that allows sheanut pickers to delve deep into the wild to pick the nuts.
Sheanut picking is normally done by women in the rural areas who limit themselves to a distance about two to three mile radius from their communities. Hence, they are not able to reach out into the wild where the bulk of sheanut trees abound and thrive.
Furthermore, the women are constrained by other household chores such as fetching water, milling grain and cooking. Hence, they have to limit sheanut picking to between 12 noon to 2pm to enable them to attend to these chores.
Mr Adam Iddrissu Alidu, Municipal Agricultural Officer in charge of Plant Protection and Regulatory Services (PPRS) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) disclosed this in an interview on problems militating against the maximum utilization of natural resources in the Northern region especially and Ghana as a whole.
Mr Alidu said sheanut picking is normally carried out on foot by women who have no access to wellington boots, bicycles or motorbikes to allow them to travel longer distances. In addition, the ability to carry the nuts back to their communities on their heads limits them to only what they are capable of carrying.
He said given the regions settlement pattern with communities situated far away from each other, a distance of just 20 miles between communities would mean that sheanut trees along a distance of between 14 to 16 miles may never be reached by the pickers.
“Nobody has ever passed under some sheanut trees not to talk of picking nuts from them, and there are scores and scores of such trees in the wild”, Mr Alidu said.
He said in order for the country to fully maximize the utilization of sheanuts, it would be necessary to come out with a project that would provide transport to sheanut pickers to enable them to reach where they cannot reach. It would also be essential to provide silos or storage facilities at vantage points in the wild where the sheanuts can be heaped and even processed and parceled before they are moved into the communities.
Mr Alidu said the under-utilisation of natural resources is not only limited to sheanut trees but to the dawadawa and other trees which grow in the wild but are very beneficial as food and medicine to the human population. For instance the seed in the fruit of the dawadawa tree is processed into a spice that does not only make meals tastier but is rich in protein and vitamins. It also has medicinal properties, chief among them being its ability to lower blood pressure hence it is highly sought after from people suffering from high blood pressure.
The yellow powder surrounding the seed of the dawadawa tree is normally milled and separated from the seed and used in the preparation of porridge. It can also be eaten in its powder form or mixed with water to form a syrup.
Mr Alidu therefore called on governmental as well as non-governmental organizations as a matter of urgency to come out with projects that would allow the nation to fully harness and utilize its natural resources to their fullest potential.

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  2. HARUNA
    January 17, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    I am a public servant who heals from the north. I am impress with research but sudden with the basic problems you have enumerated. Have you written any proposal that will attract investors to invest in the Shea nut picking.

    • January 25, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Hello Haruna, Thanks for your comment.
      I have not written any proposal to attract investors to the sheanut industry in the north. It is a very good suggestion and I believe it should be implemented. Would you like to take it up?

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