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Hon. Peter Anaafi

In many of the districts, the main occupation of a very high proportion of the predominantly rural population is Agriculture. The Poverty Reduction Strategy of the Government should therefore be focused on Agriculture in order to achieve the desired impact. In particular, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture needs to collaborate with the District Assemblies to develop schemes that will assist those engaged in agricultural and related activities.

Fertility is very high in all the districts in the region. The National Population Council, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the District Assemblies need to collaborate with the relevant agencies to intensify education on the benefits, to the family and the nation, of having smaller numbers of children. Family Planning awareness campaigns have to be intensified, particularly in the following Districts: Ahafo Ano South, Sekyere East, Ejura Sekyedumase, Kwabre, Atwima and Bosomtwe/Atwima/Kwanwoma, where the TFR is particularly high.

Illiteracy levels are high in all the districts with differences between males and females in educational attainment. The Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (fCUBE) programme has to be fully implemented, particularly targeting females in order to expand access to educational opportunities for the large youthful population.

The District Assemblies, the Environmental Protection Agency and other relevant organizations should educate the population to desist from the indiscriminate throwing of waste materials and the use of charcoal and wood for cooking.

As a means of improving on the environmental situation in the urban areas, waste disposal containers should be placed at vantage points so that people can drop waste materials in them. Serious efforts should be made by the regional and district administrations to increase the number of Health Education and Communication facilities in the districts to improve upon the living conditions of the people. Appropriately effective punitive measures should be enforced to ensure that waste material is not disposed of indiscriminately.

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