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Chief Advises Agricultural Directors to Intensify Monitoring

The Omanhene of Akyem-Awisa, Nana Kwarteng Karikari III, has advised agricultural directors in the country to intensify their periodic monitoring of extension officers.

 

This, he noted, would go a long way to motivate farmers in the rural areas of the country to work hard to increase their yields to feed themselves and have surplus for sale.

 

Nana Kwarteng Karikari gave the advice at the 34th Farmers Day celebration in the Birim South District in Akyem-Awisa over the weekend.

 

In all 18 hardworking farmers were awarded in various categories. A 41 year old Mr. Emmanuel Baah, was adjudged the overall 2018 District Best Farmer. For his prize he took home, Nasco Table top refrigerator, Nasco 32 inches LCD Television, EPE radio set, a pair of Wellington boot, rain coat, 2 Knapsack sprayers, two bottles of agro-chemicals, 4 cutlasses, a full piece of cloth and a certificate.

 

In his address, the Birim South District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Richmond Kofi Amponsah assured Ghanaians that the sector, which employs about 44 percent of the country’s population, would perform better in 2019.

 

According to him, government has voted money to support over 500,000 farmers to increase food production and create more jobs for the youth in its flagship programme, planting for and jobs.

 

He said under the agricultural transformation programme, roads linking farms to urban centres would be constructed, while storage facilities for farm produce would also be provided to attract private capital for large-scale agribusinesses.

 

“I am happy to announce to you that the Oda – Amanfopong and Swedru – Apoli –Ningo roads have all been awarded to contractors by the Central Government. Work is progressing steadily on these roads and they would be completed very soon to ease the hardships that drivers and commuters go through daily when plying these roads,” he told the gathering.

 

Mr. Kofi Amponsah further indicated that as part of the PFJ programme, a total of 2700 extension officers would be recruited to support the initiative to increase the production of selected crops for food security and job creation.

 

The DCE further indicated that out of the targeted 40,000 nursed oil palm seedlings under the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD), 25,000 were ready for distribution to over 700 farmers for free in June 2019.

 

Source: ISD (Emmanuel Yaw Acheampong)