By Opesika Tetteh Puplampu GNA
Sege (GAR) Dec. 07, GNA — Ada West District has identified five sites to be developed into ponds and dams to sustained the Planting for Food and Jobs flagship programme of the government.
This is to elevate poverty in the District, increase agriculcultural productivity and also to create jobs for local communities during off season periods.
In his presentation at the 2019 Farmers' Day celebration, Mr Adzoteye Lawer Akrofi, Ada West District Chief Executive, said Ghana until 2017 used to import maize but had become a net exporter of the grain since the advent of government flagship programmer, Planting for Food and Jobs.
"It is worthy of note that a lot of Ghanaian youth have equally invaded the farming sector and this decision taken by them will push government's agenda of a Ghana Beyond Aid.
To ensure that we sustain this planting for food and jobs programme, the Ada West District has organized various interventions. Our department of Agriculture in collaboration with the University of Ghana, trained farmers within Caeser – Korpe zone in making compost using local materials for soil fertility improvement, "he said.
He also disclosed that plans for the rehabilitation of the district's greenhouse, destroyed by a rainstorm was underway and when done, the Agriculture Department would use it as a resource centre for training the young especially, in vegetable farming.
He said the Rearing for Food and Jobs campaign, another flagship programme which would run for a five (5) year period, saying it intended to develop a competitive and more efficient livestock industry that would increase domestic production, reduce importation of animal products, contribute to employment creation and improve livelihoods of livestock value chain actors.
"Fortunately for us we have a lot of cattle and other livestock in abundance.......we have put measures in place to establish a competitive livestock market such as that of Tulaku in Ashaiman and Adaklu in the Volta Region.
Land has been acquired for the establishment of the market and stakeholders consultation is ongoing to bring on board various actors, "he said.