By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister designate for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has stated that each of the 216 districts in the country will design a specific role for agric development.
According to him, this form parts of the government’s vision for agric sector for a four year period. “Our vision is to modernize the agric sector to benefit the country more,” he added.
He told the Daily Express that this initiative is to make sure raw materials for ‘One District One Factory’ are product locally by the people in the districts.
This initiative will be champion by the various Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
He mentioned that through this initiative the “government can generate jobs in large numbers to put a dent in the mountain of youth unemployment and also produce the needed raw materials to support our promise of “One District One Factory.”
“There is going to be a transformation in the agric sector from March this year. We appeal to all Ghanaians to come on board,” he appealed.
Meanwhile, government has secured US$120 million (125 M Canadian Dollar) from the Canadian Government to support Ghana Government’s agric project dubbed “Planting for Food and Jobs initiative.”
This project is under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and it aimed at getting more Ghanaians especially the youth into farming.
Ghana and Canada signed agreement for the release of the grant on Tuesday 7 February, 2017. The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta signed on behalf of Ghana while the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms Heather Anne Cameron signed on behalf of Canada.
After witnessing the signing agreement, Dr. Afriyie Akoto mentioned that other partners including the Korean and Israeli Governments have pledged their support for the programme which is expected to take off in March.