President to launch PERD, DCACT concept soon

Mr Collins Ntim, (front row, second	right), with Madam Martha Kwayie Manu, middle, DCE for	Juabeso	and	heads of decentralised departments during a visit to the Juabeso District Assembly as part of the tour.

Mr Collins Ntim, (front row, second right), with Madam Martha Kwayie Manu, middle, DCE for Juabeso and heads of decentralised departments during a visit to the Juabeso District Assembly as part of the tour.

The President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo will soon officially launch the Planting for Export and Rural Development(PERD) programme and the District Centre for Agriculture, Commerce and Technology(DCACT) concept as an appendage to complement the government’s flagship programmes, particularly the Planting for Food and Jobs(PFJ) segment.

Mr Augustine Collins Ntim, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development announced this during a performance assessment and monitoring tour of 15 district assemblies in the northern part of the Western Region last week.

PERD is crafted as a decentralised national tree crop development strategic intervention targeted at boosting the production of selected cash crops including cocoa, cashew, oil palm, coconut, coffee, citrus, rubber, mango and shea mainly for export.

Under PERD, the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies(MMDAs) are expected to come out with an agricultural project initiative taking into consideration one or two of the identified cash crops with a budget that would support 10,000 farmers to cultivate an average of 10 acres of the crops within the next 4 to 10 years.

A baby of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development being handled in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture(MOFA), Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana Export Promotion Authority(GEPA) and the One-District-One-Factory secretariat, PERD ultimately seeks to position Ghana as the world’s leading producer of cocoa and cashew in the next 4 to 10 years.

DCACT being established in all the MMDAs, is classified as a major institutional mechanism at the district level to co-ordinate and harmonise all commercial, entrepreneurial and agricultural initiatives towards achieving viability and sustainability of economic development and job creation.

According to the Deputy Minister, it would also facilitate and co-ordinate the efforts of the various departments of the assemblies in the execution of all flagship programmes geared towards the alleviation of poverty and hunger in addition to serving as the functional secretariat of the District Planning and

Co-ordination units.

Shedding more light on DCACT, Mr Ntim said “it is the repository of data on all government flagship programmes at the MMDAs and will provide real time, data and updates to monitor progress of the interventions as well as guide both public and private investor decision-making”.

The Deputy Minister who is in charge of Rural Economic Development and Agriculture commended the sector Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama for introducing major interventions calculated at boosting rural economic development and urged traditional authorities to collaborate with the MMDAs in the implementation of all government policies and programmes that find expression at the district level.

He explained that the sector ministry’s performance assessment and monitoring programme of the MMDAs was to ensure compliance with statutory provisions, determine the state of the assemblies and assess their capacity towards the delivery of the government’s goals and objectives.

From Times Reporter, Juabeso

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