The Municipal Chief Executive of Ayawaso North Municipal Assembly, Hon. Aminu Mohammed Zakari, has tasked the youth, especially those in the Municipality who complain of no jobs to take advantage of President Akufo Addo’s Planting for Food and Job policy to earn a decent livelihood for themselves.
He made this known when he delivered an address at the 35 the National Farmers Day Celebration with the theme, “Enhancing Small Scale Agriculture Towards Agribusiness Development”, held at the Unity School Park, Kotobabi in the Ayawaso North Municipality.
The criteria for selecting the awardees include good record keeping, good husbandry practices, general knowledge in agriculture, environmental consciousness and contribution to one’s community among others.
Planting for Food and Jobs policy Hon. Aminu indicated, seeks to create food security and to produce raw material to feed the agro-processing industries while creating jobs in the process.
This he’s confident will go a long way to reduce the unemployment rate in the country and serve as an encouragement to the youth to actively engage in farming.
Ayawaso North he mentioned may not be a farming community but said, his office is ever ready to assist them to acquire parcels of land outside the city to enable them go into farming.
About 80% of the total Ghanaian farmers Hon. Zakari pointed out, are small scale farmers, added that with the potential to transform into commercially viable farmers if supported appropriately.
Government, he averred is determined to enrich small scale agriculture towards Agribusiness Development.
He congratulated all farmers particularly, those in Ayawaso North for selfless dedication in feeding the Municipality and the country as a whole.
“Another policy that seeks to enrich small scale agriculture towards Agribusiness Development that the Nana Addo led government has promoted is the One District One Factory policy. This policy is aimed at creating jobs for Ghanaians through setting up of factories and industries in all the 260 Districts which will in turn move the country towards greater industrialization”.
The Metropolitan Director of Agriculture revealed that a number of people have stopped patronizing leafy vegetables sold in Accra because of the way they are produced using water from drains and agro chemical abuse.
In an interview, the award winners expressed their appreciations to the Municipal Chief Executive and the entire management of Ayawaso North Municipal Assembly, for selecting them among the lots of equally qualified farmers to reward them.
They assured of their commitment in contributing whatever they have to boost agriculture to ensure food security in Ayawaso North and the country in general.
Source: William Sarpong/sharpnewsgh.com