Mr. Isaac Kwadjo Buabeng, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Nsawam-Adoagyiri, has advised the youth in the municipality to participate massively in the second year of the government’s flagship programme ‘Planting for food and jobs.’
He said the Municipality has arable lands for the cultivation of all types of crops and vegetables, therefore, “what we seek now is the commitment from the youth and the needed support to assist them would be provided.”
Mr Buabeng gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Nsawam in the Eastern Region, and disclosed that the Municipality created over 700 direct and indirect jobs through the planting for foods and jobs in its first year of implementation.
He noted that although many youth would like to go into farming for their livelihoods, the lack of start up capital discouraged them from entering into the agricultural sector.The Nsawam-Adoagyiri MCE said the Assembly was mobilizing many youth who were interested in farming to form associations in order to help them to source for funds and start up capital from financial institutions.
That he said was an initiative the Assembly was taking to motivate many youth in the Municipality to go into farming. Mrs Ruth Woode, the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipal Director of Agriculture, touching on planting for foods and jobs, said the Municipality received 42 sachets of tomato seeds, 56 sachets of pepper seeds and 41 bags of seed maize in its first year.
The Municipality also received 346 bags of urea and 692 bags of NPK compound fertilizers.
She said through the support, the programme yeilded 82 hectares of maize, 14 hectares of pepper and eight hectares of tomatoes. On the number of Famers who participated in the programme in the first year, she said 68 males and seven females with other farmers from the Nsawam Prison.