As momentum gathers for the enrolment of the government’s flagship programme, the one district, one factory policy, the Central Gonja district in the northern region is proposing to government a cashew development project. The District Chief Executive, Dr. Mustapha Mahama disclosed this whilst addressing farmers and stakeholders at this year’s Farmers Day celebration at Yipala, a suburb of the district.
He said that the assembly has submitted a proposal for the funding of a cashew development project through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. He revealed that, this project when given the green light will cover an establishment of 10,000 hectares of cashew seedling for supply to farmers.
Hon Mustapha Mahama further added that, a district Center for Agricultural Commence and Technology will be also be established to coordinate and develop commercial and marketing channels for the cashew produce.
According to the Central Gonja DCE, government over the years has attached some significance to the Farmers Day celebration. He noted that agriculture remains the leading employment sector of the economy and engages a higher percentage of the active population in actual productive activities through the value chain.
He however bemoaned that, the contributions of the agric sector to the GDP in recent years has seen some decline. He disclosed that since the year 2010, the performance has depreciated from 29.8% to 18.5% in 2017. He observed this as unfortunate decline occurring in the sector.
He stated “government under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo is poised with the fullest commitment to revamp the agriculture sector of the country”. He said that in line with the president’s commitment, government launched the flagship policy of “Planting fir Food and Jobs”.
“Under the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, the Central Gonja District had its fair share of the government’s subsidized agricultural inputs. A total of 8,324 bags of NPK; 1,821 Bags of Ammonia; 49 Bags of Yara legume fertizers; 65 Bags of Soya beans; 125 Bags of rice seeds; and 100Bags of maize seeds were brought into the district which benefited a total of 2,280 farmers. These inputs were used to cultivate a total of 4,191 acres of farmlands involving the three main staple food crops – Maize, Rice, and Soya beans” he stated.
The Central Gonja District Chief Executive also used the occasion to urge the youth of the area to take advantage of the government enormous interventions. He was particular about the agriculture sector, which he said was an avenue for them to thrive. The 2017 Farmers Day was observed under the theme: Farming for Food and Jobs.
On his part, the district Director for Agriculture, Mr. Adamu Seidu commended farmers in the district for their immense contribution to the growth of the nation’s economy. He said the theme (Farming for Food and Jobs) for the celebration emphasizes on the major roles played by farmers in the development of the country and job creation. This, he said shows that farmers play a pivotal role in nation building.
Meanwhile, ten people or individuals won various prizes ranging from Tricycles, Motorbikes, Bicycles, Wellington boots, Certificates among others. The Best District Farmer went to Mr. Tijani Alhassan from Kasajan. He took home a certificate, a unit tricycle (motor king), 2 Knapsack, GTP Cloth, 6 pieces of cutlass, 3 pairs of wellington boots, and a set of radio. The 1st and 2nd runners up were Chief Jawupewura Mohammed Bakari from Chama and Chief Alhaji Imoro Zakaria from Kpabuso. They both took home a certificate, motor bike, GTP Cloth, set of radio, 4 pairs of cutlass, wellington boots 2 pairs, and 2 Knapsack.
by: Mohammed Gadafi _ northstarfmonline.com