Land for Damongo youth to cultivate maize
2009-05-01 18:40:03This article has been read 821 times.The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has acquired a 2,500-acre land to engage the youth of Damongo in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region in the cultivation of maize, beginning June this year.
The initiative is part of the government’s effort to revive the agricultural sector in the region, and also empower the youth to go into agriculture.
The land was released by the Yabgon Wura Bawa Doshi and the chief of Damongo, Damongo Wura Tutumba II, when the Minister of food and Agriculture, Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi, paid a visit to the two chiefs at their palaces in Damongo.
Mr. Ahwoi was in the district to assess the level of preparedness of the area for the production of maize and cassava.
He was accompanied by the Chief Director at the Ministry, Dr. Gyiele Nurah, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA), Mr. Daniel Lantei Lamptey, the Director for Crop Services, Mr. Kwaku Amoo-Baffoe, the Northern Regional Director of Agriculture, Mr. Sylvester Adugbilla Adongo, and other officers of the ministry.
Among the dignitaries who took the minister round was the Member of Parliament for Damango/Daboya, Mr. Sammy Wusah, the West Gonja District Director of Agriculture, Mr. Francis Nuotaba, and the nominee for District Chief Executive for West Gonja, Mr. Adam Mutawakilu.
Mr. Ahwoi told the Yabgon Wura that the government was determined to revive agriculture in the West Gonja District to enable it once again to function as the maize basket of Ghana.
He said the government would do this by supporting the farmers who would be engaged in maize production with tractors, planters, and other heavy farm implements.
Mr. Ahwoi however pleaded with the chiefs to permit the cutting down of valuable trees that may impede the mechanization of the farms for the purpose of production.
The Yabgon Wura expressed full support for the project and entreated the government to stick to its promised actions.
He said if well implemented, the project would open job avenues for the numerous unemployed youth in the district.
Mr. Ahwoi toured the farm lands, which included the Damongo agricultural settlement area, where he interacted with settler farmers on the land to inform them of the government’s readiness to revive t he production of maize in the area.
The minister also inspected storage facilities, namely, the MOFA’s warehouse in Damongo town and warehouse belonging to the defunct Ghana Food Distribution Corporation (GFDC), which is estimated to store more than 25,000 bags of maize.
The CEO of GIDA, Mr. Lamptey, assured the farmers that the authority would bring its engineers to assess how water could be source be sourced from the Souri River, which is close to the settlement area, to irrigate their crops.