Getrade- FPS The annual Straw programme 2002/2003
The straw purchase - a full truck for Bolgatanga
and a large truck for Accra- was done in Kumasi at the cost of 1860
Cedis per bundle averagely. The extra costs - loaders, carriers, tying
rope, storage at the market, night watchmen, transport - were higher
than the previous year. This is attributed to the high cost of the
truck to Bolga, which was 133% higher (7 Mio Cedis). Whilst in Accra
88 % of the total cost was straw cost and only 12 % attributed to
extra cost, in Bolga the straw was only 78% and extra cost were 22
The straw loan is to be used during the lean
season, when the straw is scarce (December to March). Abu Sadik, who
also monitors and repays the given straw loan of 30 Mio Cedis, stores
For the risk (storage, spoilage, shortage, theft, smaller
bundles, accountability) he adds about 12 % to the price of the bundle.
So a bundle purchased in Kumasi now at the average cost of 1,860 Cedis
and the transport cost reaching a cost of 2,351 Cedis per bundle.
The straw donation is Getrade-FPS annual contribution
towards the Bonus of the Society. With the straw donated to the weavers
last year they were able to produce average of 7 baskets each. According
to numeric this year's donation should be sufficient for each weaver
to make 5 baskets with free material, because their number has been
This programme is helping our weavers in a time where
famine is at a close: The last stored foods (millet) are finished,
the new harvest not ready yet and a very low volume of orders for
baskets to obtain cash income.
After finalising weaver`s registration into the Society during 2003 we are even more assured of an useful undertaking by their leaders.
We are glad that we have carried out this programme for a sustainable development of our weavers in the 4th year and we had no major draw-back with it. The 10 days long purchase, transport and distribution and presentation of the straw was handled by 3 members of the FPS Board, with the involvement of Abu Sadik , our Bolga Basket Organiser as well as Miss Felicia Sampana, Development officer for FPS and selected weaving group leaders. Mdm Stella Aduku and Mr. James Akakuku came along from Accra to arrange the Accra part of the straw. Mr. Sulley Aberinga and Mr. Bright Adentara were selected by the weavers to do the purchases for the Bolga weavers. They accompanied Abu Sadik from Bolga.
I - as the Marketing Woman - of the Baskets have to
extend my full gratitude to our Board members, the Development officer
and the basket leaders for their dedicated involvement in this exercise:
The exercise with training workshops and straw presentation was continued during the month of August with our 18 groups in Accra. The result is a most astonishing collection of new basket colours and forms.
Rosmarie Boos Getrade-FPS, Marketing 2003-07-28