The Chiefs and people of Ehi in Ketu North District of the Volta Region have launched a new festival called Ehi Nutome Galiza to promote the production of cassava.
This year’s festival themed, “Ehi Nutome Galiza: a tool for unity and peace in an election year” would be climaxed on Saturday, September 3, with a primary objective to attract the youth in the area into agribusiness mainly the processing of gari.
A week-long activity, to bring home sons and daughters of the land to support the development of Ehi, has been scheduled to precede the grand durbar.
Speaking at the launch in Accra, the Dufia of Ehi, Torgbui Dzeble Adukpo IV explained that the festival was established to propel development and unity at Ehi.
He said the town, which has a huge potential of producing gari on a very large scale, had realised the need to create such a platform to draw its natives abroad and within the country to support the developmental needs of the area.
According to him, the occasion provided a fine opportunity for the youth to explore job opportunities, particularly the production of gari, to enhance their livelihood.
Torgbui Adukpo therefore advised the youth to demonstrate strong commitment to the vision set forth by the chief and elders to make Ehi a hub of gari production in the country.
He, however, expressed concern about some challenges confronting the growth of Ehi, which included lack of roads, health facilities, quality educational infrastructure and proper market structure.
“It is rather unfortunate that Ehi, despite its agricultural potentials, still lagged behind in development compared to other neighbouring communities. Though we are behind, I am very optimistic that if we rally round and get all hands on deck, we shall catch up with those ahead and even overtake them,” he stressed.
Torgbui Adukpo, however, noted that with the award of contract for the construction of the Ehi-Agbozume and Ehi Dzodze roads, the area was better positioned to enhance trade with surrounding towns.
He further called on government to revamp the gari processing factory established some decades ago under the tenure of former President Jerry John Rawlings to boost gari processing.
He recommended that a council be established to spearhead and coordinate the development of the area saying “in view of this we call for membership towards the establishment of the council to oversee our objectives”.
By Charles Amankwa