Gov’t eager to improve lives of Ghanaians through sustainable agriculture - DCE
The District Chief Executive of Adansi South District, Hon. Francis Kwabena Ankomah has reinforced the government's commitment to use agriculture as the major sector to improve on the lives of the people of Ghana especially, the unemployed youth.
Date Created : 12/4/2017 1:12:48 AM : Story Author : Kusi-Obuadum Brobbey/Ghanadistricts.com
He said this when he addressed the people at the 2017 Farmers Day celebration at Adansi Akrofuom.
The DCE said; for the government to achieve this vision a number of interventions have been rolled out to create jobs and improve food security in the district and the country at large. He specifically mentioned that the government has undertaken planting for food and jobs through fertilizer subsidy, supply of improved seeds, sustainable rain-fed lowland rice production and extensive Extension services to the farmers in the district.
Hon. Francis K. Ankomah said that a total of 482 farmers were given farm inputs such as subsidized fertilizers, improved seeds, extension services under the Planting for food and jobs in the district. A total of 893 acres of rice and maize was cultivated during the major season of the year and 7 Extension Officers were posted to the district to help the farmers.
"The government of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is poised to make agriculture attractive to the youth hence the introduction of interventions such as the one district; one factory and the one district one warehouse; these two interventions will reduce the post-harvest losses and give good prices for the farm products to the farmers and increase their income. It is now lucrative to venture into agriculture since the era of post-harvest losses is now over. He concluded. He called on the Chief to make available land for farming activities and the construction of other facilities when the time comes.
The District Assembly will play its major role of supporting farmers in their activities by seeing to it that all the necessary farm inputs needed are available for you the DCE said.
It is the vision of the Assembly to make agriculture the major profession in the district that is why this year a Motor Bike and items such as LED TVs were used as part of the Awards; we want to make agriculture attractive to the youth in the district. Next year the award will be more than this, it is therefore up to us all to take agriculture as a business to improve on our standard of living the DCE ended.
Nana Anim Agyekum Krontihene and Regent of Akrofuom (Chairperson) of the occasion giving Welcome Address.
The District Director of Agriculture Mr, Obrien Nyarko called on all the farmers to do their agriculture activities as any other business man does since agriculture is also a form of business; He advised the farmers to seek the services of the Extension Officers to enable them reap the maximum benefit from their farms.
The Occasion was graced by the Traditional Leaders of Akrofuom Division led by Nana Anim Agyekum the Krontihene and Regent of Akrofuom, Assembly Members, the Security Services and School Children.