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Kpedze Senior High School (KPESCO), in the Ho West District of the Volta Region is this year expected to harvest about 115 and 70 bags of maize and rice respectively as the school embraces the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) policy. The policy is meant to increase food stuffs while creating job opportunities for the youth.
This was disclosed by the headmaster of the school, Yram Gadotor, when the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Owusu Afriyie Akoto, visited the school as part of the Minister’s tour of the Volta Region.
“We the staff and students of Kpedze Senior High School last year with the initiative of the immediate past headmaster, Mr. Godwin Kwaku Adzimah, after receiving suggestions from the District Chief Executive decided to go into farming to support the school. This initiative was taken after the introduction of the Planting for Food and Jobs policy by the Nana Akufo-Addo government which I understand is geared towards creating jobs for the youth while at the same time increasing our Agric production,” the newly posted headmaster stated.
Gadotor added that “we started last year cultivating 16 acres of maize and 8 acres of rice in this school through the school farm module. This year we have cultivate the same size of land with the same crops which we are expecting a harvest about 115 and 70 bags of maize and rice respectively”.
He revealed that “the District Chief Executive Officer for Ho West, Hon Ernest Victor Apau, who is also an old boy of the school, after his suggestion of this great initiative to the former headmaster, together with the Agric directorate of the Assembly has worked closely with the school since 2017 for this success”.
The headmaster who couldn’t hide his joy over the success chocked so far expressed appreciation to the government for the introduction of the flagship programme. He thanked the Minister for prioritizing Kpedze SHS during the visit. He also acknowledged the Regional Minister and the District Chief Executive for their numerous supports to the school since the commencement of the project.
The Food and Agriculture Minister, Owusu Afriyie Akoto, who was enthused at the efforts of the headmaster, teachers, students, the DCE, Agric department of Ho West District Assembly also encouraged others to emulate their efforts.
He explained that it is a good step taken by the school to ensure that the vision of the President to increase the production of food while creating lasting job opportunities for the youth is realized.
“This is a perfect example of how we want the implementation to be. I promise all of you the continuous support of government and the ministry to make this model a bigger success,” he noted.
Source: William Dei-Gyau ||