VRA Gives Hope To Ghanaians …. over power situation

Mr John  Jinapor Deouty Minister of Energy launching the books. Photo Michael Ayeh (3)Mr. James Gunu, the Akatsi- North District Chief Executive, has again urged the youth to take to farming as a business stressing

farming is neither degrading nor low paying as perceived.

He made the call during an inspection tour of a 30-acre farm project the Assembly initiated for farming groups at Ave-Afiadenyigba and expressed satisfaction that a lot of young people were benefiting immensely from farming.

“You would realize your negative perceptions are misplaced indeed, when you enter,” the DCE stated.

Under the deal, the Assembly tills the land, provides fertilizer and seeds, while the farmers, with a one-third share of the harvest, tender it (farm).

Crops on the farm include maize and chili-pepper.

Ten farmers each from Zongo, Dzogbekpoe, Asito, Bedzame and Gborhohome are managing the Assembly-initiated community farm.

Mr Gunu said “Agriculture has gone beyond what perhaps we know it to be, and has now become a whole business, hugely benefiting people, and the earlier the wrong perceptions are done with the better”.

He said agriculture was the potential backbone of the area and the Assembly was doing everything to stimulate its commercialisation to create jobs to enhance living conditions of the people

Mr Gunu said there was the possibility for the area to become market for agricultural produce, attracting patrons from Togo and Benin and beyond.

He explained that the farm initiative the people to commercial agriculture.

Mr. Gunu said the Assembly members were yet to respond to demands on them to locate lands for the expansion of the scheme to their areas.

He appealed to the Irrigation Development Authority (IDA) to react quickly to the proposed rehabilitation of the Ave-Afiadenyigba Dam to boost irrigation in the area.

Mr Gunu said the Assembly had added one more tractor to a small-size one donated to it by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The DCE said through the Assembly’s initiative, some private tractor owners were currently tilling farms for farmers at 20 per cent reduced cost.

Mr. Seth Nutor, Deputy District Agriculture Officer, said absence of nitrogenous fertilizers including sulphate of ammonia and urea and rising cost of fertilizers, were challenges confronting the people

Leaders of the farmer groups lauded the initiative and pledged to do their best to ensure its success and sustainability.   GNA

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