Common Information of Sunday, 18 August 2019
President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo minimize the ribbon on the tools
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has introduced agricultural devices to the Agricultural Mechanisation Centre at Wulensi, in the Northern Area.
The machines, comprising tractors, energy tillers, harvesters, ploughs, among some others, were presented by the President on Friday, 16th August 2019, as element his 2-day tour of the Northern Region.
The Minister for Foods and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, who was also at the gathering, stated that the NPP federal government below President Kufour commenced making Agricultural Mechanisation centres all around the region, and by the time he left office environment in 2008, the nation had 78 of such centres.
He pointed out, nevertheless, that all these centres went less than spoil under the governments of the Nationwide Democratic Congress “because of the lack of spare parts and absence of routine maintenance.”
Upon the assumption of workplace of President Akufo-Addo, the Agric Minister stated that “given the recognition of the importance of agriculture as a implies of reworking the economic system of this country, we chose the system that we are heading to emphasis on smallholdings.”
The coverage, he extra, is operating and it truly is becoming reflected in improved output, enhanced productiveness, abundance of food stuff, stressing that “this yr, we are expecting a substantial bumper crop all-around the country like Wulensi and our exports to our neighbouring countries are going to preserve on climbing.”
The Minister for Agriculture mentioned that sustaining this development will involve mechanising “critical parts of the smaller holder’s activity.”
Therefore considerably, he famous that 235 models of tractors and a 1,000 units of electrical power tillers have been brought into the place for the institution of these centres throughout the country.
“These are just what we have brought below, and we’ve brought into this country 1,000. And 1,000 is not ample, we are going by means of the final tranche of the Brazilian facility, we are likely to enhance that amount to 2000. So that as several of you can have access to these electric power tillers,” he mentioned.
The electric power tillers, he explained, are intended for smallholders.
“The tractors that we’ve introduced in is for medium to big measurement commercial farmers. So, what we have completed is that, in collaboration with the Ministry of regional governing administration, 35 District Assemblies are to profit, and this district was one particular of them,” Dr. Owusu Afriyie mentioned.
He ongoing, “That is why you have your share of the initial provide of equipment. We are also providing to 50 farmers groups close to the state, and the relaxation can go to particular person big farms or a scaled-down group of farms. By January, we are hoping that we get a lot more.”