Dormaa-Ahenkro (B/A), Dec. 6, GNA – The Dormaa Central Municipal Assembly is making efforts to woo foreign investors to the Municipality for the development of the poultry industry.
That would be done through aggressive marketing of the poultry products in the Municipality to the outside world to attract investors.
Mr Iddrissa Ouattara, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), said this on Friday during a durbar of the 33rd National Farmers’ Day at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
He said with the capacity of producing one-third of the nation's poultry stock, there is the urgent need for government to continue to focus its attention on the speedy development of the industry in the area.
Mr Ouattara said the Ghana Poultry Project at Dormaa-Ahenkro, started in the era of former President John Agyekum Kufuor, is providing technical services to poultry farmers under a grant facility from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), but expressed concern that its laboratory was still uncompleted.
He appealed to government to prioritise the completion of that project to help ensure business growth in the area.
The MCE said the Municipal Assembly in collaboration with the Municipal Directorate of Agriculture has provided storage facilities for seedlings, embarked on educational campaigns, organised spraying gangs to control fall army worms invasion and established a technical committees for the local implementation of government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme.
He said government is committed to increasing budgetary allocation to the agricultural sector as an effort to boost productivity as the sector provides employment for over 70 per cent of the population and contributes about 40 per cent to Ghana's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Mr Ouattara said government sees the agricultural sector as a conduit to addressing the unemployment challenges facing the country and noted that the sector remains under-exploited in spite of its huge economic potential.
The MCE appealed to stakeholders to work to ensure that agriculture transcends improving on farm productivity to addressing post harvest losses.
He enumerated various challenges such as poor marketing, lack of storage facilities, inadequate credit facilities, obsolete farm tools and bad road network as confronting the agricultural sector.
Mr Ouattara said as a measure to address short falls in the agriculture sector, next year government would employ over 2000 extension officers to offer advice to farmers and support them in modern farming techniques.
He urged farmers in the Municipality to form farmer-based organisations to have a stronger voice to influence policy to promote their interest.
Mr Abu Salifu, a 45-year old farmer from Kofiasua was adjudged the overall best Municipal farmer.
For his prize, Mr Salifu received a certificate, tricycle, a full piece wax print, four cutlasses, a knapsack sprayer, a radio set and four pairs of wellington boot.
Prizes were presented to other deserving farmers.