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Government to cut down on Ghana’s Food Importation – VEEP

Veep John Mahama

Veep John Mahama

Vice President John Dramani Mahama has disclosed government’s plans to cut down on Ghana’s food importation by 50% within five years.  As part of strategies to achieve the target, government is investing substantially in agricultural production especially in the areas of rice, maize and sorghum cultivation.  

The strategy involves also, a massive construction of roads in particularly major food growing areas across the country.  Mr. Mahama disclosed this at a ground breaking ceremony at Ananekrom on the Ashanti and Eastern Regional borders of the Afram Plains for work to begin on a 75 kilometer trunk road.

The road links Agogo in the Ashanti region, to Dom in the Eastern region.  The project involves a two-lane bitumen surface and a 20-metre bridge over river Afram.  It is the major access road to the Afram Plains a major food producing area in the country.

The Vice President, John Dramani Mahama, also disclosed that as part of government’s intervention to improve agricultural production in the country a programme has been developed to construct roads in all the identified major food producing areas in the country while the necessary condition has been provided to encourage farmers to go into an all-year round farming towards food sufficiency.

He expressed optimism that with the commitment of Ghana to implement all projects under the Millennium Challenge compact, the US government would renew the projects for Ghana when the first part ends in 2012.

The Vice President urged traditional authorities in the are to invoke their laws to check the rampant bush fires in the area.  The Chief Executive of the Millennium Development Authority, Martin Eson-Benjamin, disclosed that the Authority has so far granted a total of seventeen million dollars in agro credit to a number of farmers it has equipped with entrepreneurial skills to increase their profit margins.

Source: GBC NEWS

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