Ghana have been struggling over the slow pace of agriculture input production over the years this has been a wake call by the Assin South District Chief Executive(DCE), Hon. Derrick Owusu Ambrose has emphatically stated that, under the planting for Food and jobs programme introduced by the current Government, The Assin South District has therefore selected oil palm production apart from cocoa as having the upper hand. To this end, the Department of Agriculture in the Assin South has raised 40,000 oil palm seedlings to be distributed to interested farmers at gratis in the next farming season.
He said, The Planting for Food and Jobs programme which was introduced by the government has indeed relieved farmers of the initial cost of obtaining improved seeds and fertilizer at a higher cost. Other flagship program would soon hit the ground to help improve agriculture production. Mention can be made of; Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) which demands every MMDAs to identify tree crops which have comparative advantage. The government would support farmers with improved seed and linkages to processing factories and for export.
Additionally, Hon Owusu Ambrose emphasized that, over 240 pruners and 278 pollinators have been trained to assist cocoa farmers improve the yield of cocoa production. More so, warehouses would be constructed in all the ten regions to preserve food from spoilage. Delivering his speech on the farmers day celebration ground durbar at Assin Gyinawobodie in the Assin South District of the central region, Hon. Ambrose quotes that “if you eat today, thank a farmer”. So there is no doubt that, we have to thank farmers everyday for their enormous contribution to the nation’s development and that is why 7th December is put aside to celebrate our farmers and say a special thank you for feeding us everyday. Moreover, He stressed that, it is worth sharing that ever since the carving of the Assin South from the Mother District, the District has continually rewarded her gallant farmers and fisher folks. This is in appreciation of the farmers and fishers contribution in feeding the district and the nation as a whole and cultivating cash crops such as cocoa, oil palm and citrus to earn foreign exchange for the nation and increase earnings of the local economy and creating employment for more than 70% of the work force. The Assembly in recognition of the hard work of our farmers, has rewarded exceptional farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs who adapt to improved technologies delivered by our hardworking extension workers.
the theme for this year’s celebration: AGRICULTURE, MOVING GHANA BEYOND AID which the government under the leadership of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo’s vision of relieving the country from permanent dependence on foreign support but rather depends on our collective efforts to take agriculture as a business. This domain had been in the mind of Ghanaians for so long.
Nevertheless, Hon. Ambrose made it clear that, the government under the able leadership of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo would introduce another initiative meant for Rearing for Food and Jobs to support the livestock industry.
As Rome was not built in a day, let us wait patiently and strive to implement all these lofty ideas.
By Joseph Nana Yaw Cobbina