Government to Procure 50 Tractors to Support Agriculture
The government of Ghana which is committed to Investing in people and building a strong and resilient economy through Agriculture modernization and food security is to Procure 50 Tractors this year with requisite components to support Agricultural Mechanization Services Enterprise Centres (AMSECs).
Government would also establish this year, Greenhouse Capacity Building and Training Centres to equip Farmers, Youth, Women and Agricultural graduates in commercial, modern vegetable production.
This was disclosed by the Upper East Regional Minister, Hon Albert Abongo during the maiden Upper East Agriculture Sector working Group (UEASWG) meeting in Bolgatanga, Thursday.
He indicated that at the Regional level, 332 Fertilizer Dealers have been registered in 2016 under the Fertilizer Subsidy Programme who are required to sell inputs to farmers at minimized cost. This according to Hon. Abongo is to deepen the programme and eliminate rent-seekers.
He added that Agriculture is the mainstay of the majority of the people in the Upper East Region but productivity and food security have often left much to be desired. And families as well as individuals have to contend with the use of less productive methods of farming which are not environmentally friendly.
Speaking on the establishment by the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, SADA, the Minister said it was to refresh the people of the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ) adding that developmental coordination especially in the area of Agriculture investment would not only ensure efficient and effective resource utilization, but also provide pragmatic and evidence based advocacy for Agricultural development.
Hon. Abongo also confirmed at the stakeholders meeting that the Regional Oversight Committee of SADA has approved the implementation of a Spatial Development Framework (SDF) in December, 2015. This Master plan of SADA he said would identify potential growth points in the Region for appropriate intervention indicating that there exist Agricultural opportunities in the SDF which when harnessed, could boost local economic development.
Hon. Abongo therefore called on stakeholders in the sector to renew their commitments to working together for a better results.
Meanwhile, Upper East Regional Deputy Coordinator for the Agriculture Sector Working Group, Dr. Faizal Adams told Samuel Mbura after the meeting that the main objective of the group is to come together as a single unit to champion the development of the Agricultural Sector in the Upper East Region.. The group was officially launched today.
Source: Samuel Mbura | kapital971.com