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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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Don’t give me a reason to close down schools again – Akufo-Addo cautions students

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President Akufo-Addo is urging students to adhere strictly to the Covid-19 preventive measures as they return to school.

In his 22nd update on measures taken to fight the coronavirus on Sunday, the President acknowledged the challenges that surfaced when children were directed to study from home at the peak of the pandemic in the country.

According to him, it causes a huge restrain for not only pupils but parents and teachers as well.

He, therefore, appealed to students to play their part by abiding by the safety protocols to stem the spread of the disease.

I am pleading with you, please observe the Covid-19 protocols at all times. You must maintain the level of discipline and sense of responsibility to stop the virus from spreading in your schools and, for day students, at home, as well. Wear your masks at all times. Wash and sanitize your hands regularly. Protect yourself. Protect each other. Protect your teachers. Protect your parents.

“But, please, do not give me a reason to close down schools again. I pledge to do my best to keep your education going. I want you to assure me, your parents, your teachers and society as a whole, through your actions, that you will do your part as well,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo in his 21st address announced that schools will be reopening on January 15, following the closure of all educational institutions on March 15, 2020.

This was part of government’s plans to ensure that the Covid-19 which was spreading at an alarming rate in the country at the time was effectively managed.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has asked parents to not panic adding that sensitisation programmes have been undertaken to educate children and parents on how to avoid spreading or catching the virus.

“Heads of institutions, as well as their teachers, have undergone the requisite orientation on “Guidelines for school re-opening during COVID-19”, to enable them assist with compliance of students to the protocols.

“I have been encouraged by the preparations being made by many schools, in some cases, with the support of their old student associations and PTAs, in anticipation of the return on Monday. On our part, Government has also undertaken the fumigation and disinfection of schools, and the provision of sanitisers, masks, liquid soaps, Veronica Buckets, rolls of tissue paper, face shields for learners and staff with hearing impairments, and gloves for care givers and attendants, to schools across the country.”

 

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Coronavirus Update: Nana Addo hint on a possible Partial lockdown and other details

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The President of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has issued a stern warning to Ghanaians concerning the adherence to the covid-19 protocol.

Addressing the nation – Ghana – for the 22nd time on Sunday, 17 January 2020, President Akufo-Addo fumed over the recent surge of Covid-19 cases across the country.

According to the president, 13 regions out of the entire 16 regions have been hit by the deadly coronavirus.

He admonished Ghanaians to adhere to the covid-19 protocols in order to bring the situation under control.

He said he will be left with no option than to impose a partial lockdown – if the need be – to curtail the spread of the deadly virus.

The President added that security personnel and regulatory agencies will work vigorously to ensure that citizens adhere to the protocol.

 

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Coronavirus has now killed more than 2 million people worldwide

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The coronavirus has now killed more than 2 million people worldwide since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University. The United States, with about 4% of the world’s population, has reported about one-fifth of all reported deaths globally.

About 1 million people worldwide have died from coronavirus-related complications in the past three and a half months. On Thursday, 15,404 new deaths and 752,723 new cases were recorded worldwide.

In a statement, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called the 2 million deaths “a heart-wrenching milestone.”

“Behind this staggering number are names and faces: the smile now only a memory, the seat forever empty at the dinner table, the room that echoes with the silence of a loved one,” Guterres said.

The United States remains the worst-affected country with more than 389,000 deaths from over 23 million cases. More than 6 million people have been declared recovered.

After the U.S., the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with over 207,000 deaths from over 8 million cases, India with more than 151,000 deaths from over 10 million cases, Mexico with more than 137,000 deaths from over 1.5 million cases, and the United Kingdom with more than 86,000 deaths from over 3.2 million cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared with its population is Belgium, with 175 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Slovenia with 149, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 134, Italy with 134, and the Czech Republic with 131.

Europe overall has 646,489 deaths from 30 million cases; Latin America and the Caribbean, 542,333 deaths from nearly 17 million infections; and the United States and Canada, 406,214 deaths from 24 million cases.

Asia has reported 228,967 deaths from 14,510,781 cases, the Middle East 93,132 deaths from 4,330,451 cases, Africa 76,753 deaths from 3,179,230 cases, and Oceania 945 deaths from 31,443 cases.

Undertakers lower the coffin of a person that died due to COVID-19 in to a grave at Glen Forest cemetery in Harare on January 14, 2021.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of tests conducted has greatly increased while testing and reporting techniques have improved, leading to a rise in reported cases.

However the number of diagnosed cases is only a part of the real total number of infections as a significant number of less serious or asymptomatic cases always remain undetected.

As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines ramps up around the world, Guterres implored the world’s leading economies to make sure the distribution is equitable.

“Vaccines are reaching high income countries quickly, while the world’s poorest have none at all. Science is succeeding — but solidarity is failing,” he said. “Governments have a responsibility to protect their populations, but ‘vaccinationalism’ is self-defeating and will delay a global recovery.”

Source:cbsnews.com

 

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