Aveyime Cattle Ranch To Become A Farm

The Aveyime Cattle  Ranch in the Volta Region which is no longer viable, will soon be converted to a rice farm by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFa).

However, no compensation has been paid to the landowners since the acquisition of the 10,000 hectare-land for the establishment of the livestock project in 1973.

Mr. Seth Mensah Dumoga, Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry dropped the hint when he appeared at the Judgement Debts Commission yesterday to shed light on compensation paid to the Carmichael Family in relation to the Aveyime livestock project.

Mr. Carmichael, a non-Ghanaian and former Managing Director, put in claims for compensation in the 1970s but the family was finally paid $2.4 million as compensation under a certificate of urgency on January 6,2009, leaving out the indigenous landowners, (no compensation paid to them).

According to Mr. Dumoga, the conversion of the cattle ranch to a rice farm would help reduce the importation of rice into the country.

In another development, the acting Corporate Estates Manager of the Volta River Authority (VRA) Mr. Emmanuel Tetteh Martey said that 80,000 people were resettled when their farmlands were flooded during the construction of the Akosombo Dam in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region in the 1960s, and submitted documents on compensation for buildings lands and farms to the Commission.

Mrs. Jacqueline Avotri, Staff Officer at the Legal Department of the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) also submitted an investigative Report on compensation payment concerning Apaaso and Makango Flooded Areas and promised to delve into the archives to fish out that of Pai, Ahamandi and Kete Krachi flooded Areas for the Commission by July 30, 2014, whilst the Chief Executive of Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) Mr. Michael Abieta Abbey, handed over payment certificates issued Construction Pioneer (CP) between 1991 and 2012, covering the overlay of Biriwa-Takoradi Road, and also pledged to produce that of Rawlings Park and the Obuasi Town roads later.

Sitting resumes on Monday, July 21, 2014.    By Castro Zagina Tong               


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