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Guinea Fowl Expansion Project for Garu-Tempane

2008-06-03 21:35:43
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The Garu-Tempane District is to receive an amount of GH¢ 50,000 from the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) to expand a Guinea Fowl and small ruminant rearing programme that started on a pilot basis last year.

The District Chief Executive, Mr Emmanuel Asigri, who announced this at the District People’s Assembly in Garu, explained that the assembly was adjudged the best among others in Africa, where similar projects were currently being carried out.

He said the good performance of the assembly earned it the money, which was supposed to be shared with the Bawku Municipality.

He said as part of efforts to improve the living standards of the people and also protect the banks of the White Volta River, communities near the river were provided with mango seedlings to plant along the basin.

The Northern Savannah Biodiversity Conservation Project had provided grafted mango seedlings to the Shishie community to plant on a 30 hectare land, as part of measures to conserve the vegetation and Wildlife, he said.

The DCE said the assembly in partnership with the Rural Enterprise Project had constructed a rural technology facility to train young people in employable skills, 20 of whom graduated and were given working tools to start their businesses with.

Mr Asigri, who touched on health issues, said the district had recorded a decline in malaria cases from 55.2 per cent in 2006 to 45.5 per cent in 2007, due to a vigorous programme undertaken by the health personnel to reduce the incidence of malaria in the area.

Some of the actions taken included scheduled intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in infants and pregnant women, distributions and sales of insecticides treated bed nets to children under five years and pregnant women, and the implementation of the new anti-malaria drug policy using artesunate and Amodiaquine to replace chloroquine for the treatment of malaria.


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