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“Follow My Example, Eat Local Rice” – President Akufo-Addo To Ghanaians.

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“We must eat what we grow to motivate our farmers, and support the development of the local food industry. Indeed, Rebecca, my beautiful wife, our First Lady, insists that we eat local rice at home, and has made sure of it. I call on all Ghanaians to follow my example, and eat local rice.”

These were the words of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at the 35th Farmers’ Day celebration, on Friday, 6th December, 2019, held at the Jubilee Park, Ho, in the Volta Region.

According to the President, “the success of Government’s efforts at ensuring self-sufficiency in rice production depend largely on the level of consumption of local rice.”

Speaking on the theme for the celebration, “Enhancing Small-scale Agriculture towards Agribusiness”, President Akufo-Addo indicated that it aligns with his Government’s strategy of focusing on smallholder farmers in modernising and transforming Ghana’s agriculture.

According to President Akufo-Addo, through Government’s strategic policy for reviving Ghanaian agriculture, dubbed “Planting for Food and Jobs”, the process of transformation has gathered steam, and is sweeping through every branch of agriculture.

“Less than three years have elapsed since Government set in motion the process of putting Ghana’s agriculture on a sound footing. Planting for Food and Jobs, now a household catch phrase, is achieving considerable successes within the three years of its implementation It has resulted in a sectoral growth rate from a low of 2.9% in 2016, to 6.1% in 2017, and is expected to rise to 6.9% in 2019,” he said.

Since implementing the programme, its interventions have been designed to enhance yields of farmers through access to subsidised, improved seeds and fertilizers; reduce post-harvest losses; increase extension services to farmers; develop the livestock subsector; develop selected tree crops; introduce greenhouse technology to improve productivity and quality of vegetable production; improve mechanization services to farmers; and develop irrigation.

Marketing Arrangements

In addition to these interventions, President Akufo-Addo stated that Government has also introduced a number of far reaching measures aimed at promoting the effective marketing of agricultural produce.

“These include the construction and imminent completion of eighty (80) warehouses to increase the national warehousing capacity to help address the perennial issue of post-harvest losses,” he added.

Aligned to this, he stressed, is the establishment of the Ghana Commodity Exchange, and the revamping and support of the National Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO).

“The swift intervention of the two institutions, following the recent reported case of excess rice production in the Upper East Region, the President said, speaks of Government’s readiness to act promptly to assist farmers,” he said.

The President continued, “I am happy to note that, through the co-ordination of the activities of stakeholders, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has put in place measures to avert losses to farmers and processors. It is heartening, though, to hear, for a change, about excess rice production in Ghana. We are breaking through”.

Additionally, the President revealed that Government, through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, has imported milling machinery for rice, maize and soya from China and Brazil, which are expected to arrive by the middle of next year.

This, he added, will surely provide appreciable relief to farmers, and boost the grain industry

Government, President Akufo-Addo assured, will continue to prioritise and support agriculture to make the sector one of the most viable, major driving forces of Ghana’s economic development.

 

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152 Kgs Of Cocaine Disguised As Sugar, Busted At Tema Port

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The Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC), acting in concert with the National Security Council has impounded 152 kgs of cocaine disguised as sugar at the Tema Port.

According to the Narcotics Control body, they received a tip-off that a consignment of 50 containers that was departing Brazil to Ghana was likely to contain the contraband substance.

Acting on the information received, NACOC together with security personnel, mounted surveillance on the shipment until the contraband substances were intercepted.

In all, 150 slabs of substances suspected to be narcotics were retrieved from the consignment under the joint operation.

A number of persons are said to have been arrested and are assisting security personnel with investigations.

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Government to establish model SHSs in Zongo communities – Bawumia

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The government is to establish Model Senior High Schools (SHSs) in all Zongo communities across the country, the Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia announced on Friday.

He emphasized quality education was key to a successful life, hence it was imperative to make SHS education easily accessible to Muslims in the country.

Dr. Bawumia said very soon Zongo communities would realise the fruits of the Zongo Development Fund and witness remarkable improvement in their socio-economic lives.

The Vice President gave the announcement when he addressed the chiefs and people of Wamfie in the Dormaa East and Nkrankwanta in the Dormaa West Districts at separate durbars, as part of his two-day working visit to the Bono Region.

Alhaji Dr. Bawumia noted though the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government nearly collapsed it, the national economy had been resuscitated due to the implementation of sound and pragmatic economic policies by the President Akufo-Addo’s government.

He said the government had successfully repaid cash deposits of 85,000 out of the 88,000 customers of the defunct ‘DKM’ microfinance company whose monies were locked up.

Alhaji Dr. Bawumia promised all customers whose monies were locked up would receive their cash deposits, and advised them to exercise patience and cooperate with the official liquidator.

Barimah Dei Kusi Gyabaah, the chief of Amasu in the Dormaa Central Municipality and Ankobeahene of Dormaa Traditional Area, appealed for the reshaping of the Nkrankwanta town roads.

He appealed to the government to stock the Nkrankwanta Polyclinic with medical devices and also provide a tertiary institution to enhance the growth and development of education in the area.

Source: GNA

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‘I’m not like those who cut sods without funding’ -Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he secured funding for every project undertaken under his administration since assuming office.

President Akufo-Addo made this known at Enchi during day 2 of his 3-day tour of the Western North Region, where he cut the sod for the construction of the 71.25-kilometre Enchi to Elubo road, which will cost $116.2 million.

“When I came here a year ago, I assured the Chiefs and people that I will work hard to ensure that the Enchi to Elubo road commences. There were a number of processes, like the contractor and funding sources, that had to be completed before today’s ceremony could take place. All those processes have been successfully completed”

“I am not like some people who rush to cut sods without securing the requisite funding for the projects. I will never do that. When I cut the sod, it means all the processes have been completed and the money for the project is available. I am not out to deceive anyone,” he said.

Touching on the creation of the Western North Region, the President told the gathering that the equitable distribution of development and resources was one of the reasons that necessitated the creation of the region.

He further indicated that the Government had taken the decision to situate offices of the Departments and Agencies in all parts of the region.

He said construction is ongoing for the Regional Education Directorate which will be in Bibiani, as well as the Regional Agriculture Directorate in Juaboso, the Regional Feeder Roads in Aowin, and the Regional Highways Department in Sefwi Wiawso, the capital of the Region.

President Akufo-Addo, therefore, appealed to the people of Aowin to vote massively for him and the NPP’s parliamentary candidate in order to “do more.”

Source: presidency.gov.gh

 

 

 

 

 

 

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