McAnthony Dagyenga, Koforidua
Women who fry gari in Ghana under intense heat and smoke will now heave a sigh of relief since their daily acts of suffering under health threatening heat and smoke has come to an end.
This is because Burro Ghana, a company committed to delivering productivity-enhancing equipment, has introduced an innovative breakthrough product, called the “Gari Elephant” to revolutionise the gari industry in Ghana.
Speaking to the Business Journal, Country Director for Burro, Ms Carol Brown, said the product was designed to help the women process more gari while using less firewood and improving the comfort of the gari fryers.
She said the Gari Elephant helped to tackle three major challenges in gari frying including helping the environment by reducing firewood consumption which in turn helps to slow deforestation.
Ms Brown said using a chimney to divert smoke away from the fryer and any nearby children would improving health and also allows the fryer to produce more gari which would improve incomes.
Training and assistance
According to the Country Director, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFAs) Women in Agriculture Development division (WIAD) was working with Burro to train gari fryers across the Eastern Region on the uses and benefits of the “Gari Elephant.”
Ms Brown disclosed that the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) had been supporting efforts to offer financing to individuals who would be interested in purchasing the Gari Elephant to start a business.
“Burro has also expressed its interest to partner with stakeholders in the agriculture industry, both public and private, to enhance the gari business in the country,” she added.
In an interview at Asuboi in the Coaltar District of Eastern Region, some of the users who spoke to the Business Journal expressed elation and their fascination about the Gari Elephant, saying that they no longer suffered from the intense heat and smoke under which they fried the gari sometime past.
“I love the Elephant; I can roast more gari without smoke or risk of burns. I also use less firewood,” an early adopter of the technology testified.
She however appealed that the government adopts the equipment in a policy to distribute to more rural women in the gari business under the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC).