In the upper east region of Ghana, sorghum production plays an important role to farmers, companies and consumers. However, access to land preparation service poses a great challenge because of the expensive cost for the tractor services. This has been limiting the number of acres sorghum farmers, mainly women, could cultivate. It was also reducing the availability of sorghum and economic opportunities for women.
Using animals for ploughing services has always been a cheaper traditional way for smallholder farmers during their land preparations. This is largely seen as a soil conservation mechanism to preserve the soil structure and count as an eco-efficient production practice.