Abuakwa North Assembly rolls out policies to make farming attractive
In line with government’s policy on Agenda for jobs through Agriculture, the Abuakwa North Municipal Assembly has rolled out a number of initiatives to complement that of government and to further make farming attractive to the youth.
Date Created : 4/30/2019 4:03:54 AM : Story Author : Emmanuel Frimpong Mensah/Ghanadistricts.com
In a bid to achieve this, the Assembly has recently taken delivery of over 10,000 Oil Palm seedlings for nursing and distribution to farmers especially the youth under the Planting for Export and Development initiative.
This, according to Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Area, Mr Owusu Twum-Ampofo, will help create a sustainable raw material base for farmers across the country to increase Ghana’s revenue in the exportation of agricultural products for foreign exchange.
Touching on Planting for Food and Jobs, the MCE who was speaking at the Assembly’s First Ordinary Meeting at Kukurantumi, stated that, although most farmers had enrolled onto the programme, the Agric department is still looking forward to have other farmers in the municipality join the flagship programme.
“I am reliably informed that the planting for food and jobs is gradually making inroads in our rural area with 2,602 farmers benefiting though much needs to be done as the number is still low”, the MCE noted.
He also ceased the opportunity to urge farmers to form group since that was the only way they could access financial assistance from banks to expand their farms. He announced the Assembly’s readiness to assist such groups to secure financial assistance from the Adonten Community Bank.
He revealed that some farmers from Abremponsu and Anweaben communities in the Municipality have already been linked up for financial assistance to enable them expand their farms for higher output.
The MCE therefore urged Assembly-Members to mobilize the youth in their Electoral Areas to take advantage of it to help expand their farms and venture into agric businesses such as poultry farming.