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The Ho West District Assembly in the Volta Region is targeting about Six thousand farmers in the District to benefit from the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme of the government in the 2019 year.
This was disclosed by the District Chief Executive for the area, Victor Ernest Apau, when he met polling station executives and electoral area coordinators at an open forum aimed at educating, empowering and explaining to the grassroots the government’s policies and programmes. The program was also used to collate details of the participants for future job opportunities. It took place at the forecourt of the District Assembly in Dzolokpuita.
According to Victor Ernest Apau, last year the Assembly supported about 5000 farmers within the District with various cash crops.
“Last year we supported about 5000 farmers in this District with various cash crops under the Planting for Export and Rural Development programme, we distributed cocoa, cashew, and coffee, this year we will distribute the same products to about 6000 people free of charge,” he noted.
“We are nursing a large quantity of Cocoa, coffee and cashew to be distributed to farmers free of charge as was done in 2018,” he added.
Additionally, Victor Apau revealed that the Assembly is working closely with the 16 Traditional Councils in the District to implement a “One Paramountcy, One Farm” initiative which was initiated by himself with the objective of kick starting 2019 in a form of financial support to the traditional authorities to cater for their expenses while providing employment to the teaming youth.
Ernest Victor Apau revealed that the Ho West District Assembly is not left out in sharing of the National cake
“We have received our own share of the national cake as expected since I assumed office as the District Chief Executive of this Assembly, a number of our graduate unemployed were enrolled on onto the Nation’s Builders Corp, the Youth Employment has also absorbed most of our SHS leavers, we were not left out in the One District One Factory policy, One Million per Constituency we are benefiting, we have also received the necessary materials and support needed for the smooth implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs programmes
“We at the Assembly through the Department of Agriculture has distributed to these farmers who requested for it urging them a smoother implementation of the programme in the year 2019,” he stated.
The DCE applauded the Kpedze Senior High School for the efforts to take advantage of the Planting for Food and Jobs policy by cultivating 25 acres of maize and eight acres of rice farm in the 2017 farming season and again cultivating 25 acres of maize and ten acres of rice in the 2018 farming season hoping they will in 2019 improve on their success. He challenged other schools in the district and the nation at large to emulate the Kpedze SHS as they can raise funds to end some unnecessary levies on students and parents.
He appealed to the youth not to wait for white coloured job opportunities, rather, they should embrace the industrialisation agenda of President Akufo-Addo by venturing into farming, saying farming today has been attractive which will fetch a lot of money into the system.
In efforts to justify why the assembly has not been able to initiate new infrastructure projects in the district even though the Assembly has tremendously increased it’s Internal Generated Fund (IGF), the District Chief Executive stated that among others that
“I came to meet a lot of infrastructure projects initiated by the previous NDC government paying only 10% of the contract sum, as it is, government is a continuous process and it is my mandate to see those projects completed. As I am speaking to you we have paid 75% of those contracts. Most of those projects have been completed and handed over to it’s beneficiary communities whiles others are at various stages of completion”.
He assured the gathering of more projects to be initiated and completed before the end of his term of office.
The DCE ceased the opportunity to renew all participants National Health Insurance cards to empower them to seek health care delivery.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Constituency chairman of the area called on the delegates to carry the information and education received on the government policies and programmes to their various polling stations and also start drawing the roadmap towards victory 2020.
The programmes was graced by the Volta Regional Chairman of the NPP, Makafui Kofi Woanya, the Regional financial Secretary, Wisdom Kwaku Jid Gakpo, the Deputy Regional Youth Organizer, the Regional President of NPP ladies, Constituency Chairmen from sister Constituencies, former executives, Patrons among others.
Source: William Dei-Gyau || Ghananewsonline.com.gh