Preparatory work for one village, one dam policy far advanced - President Akufo-Addo
| Updated Dec 01, 2017 at 4:44pm
President Akufo-Addo with some award winners at the 33rd National Farmers Day
President Akufo-Addo says preparatory works for the implementation of the One Village One Dam policy are far advanced.
He said 320 dams in 64 districts in the Northern Region have been earmarked for development, adding that 192 more dams will be evaluated next year in the North for the necessary work to begin.
The President stated this at the 33rd National Farmers Day, which took place at the Heroes Park in Kumasi the Ashanti Regional Capital.
President Akufo-Addo also spoke at length about plans to exploit the Oti River, Black and White Volta for its irrigation process to boost Agriculture
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto said the 33rd Farmers Day is taking place a time agriculture is taking centre stage in Ghana's economic development.
He said in order to make agric more attractive to the youth, government is re-designing and re-strategising policies in the sector.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto expressed optimism that agriculture in 2018 will receive a boost because there will be a full year implementation of the ‘Panting for Food and Jobs’ to take Ghana to the next level.
Dr. Afriyie Akoto said the Ministry is poised for action to provide leadership to make Agriculture successful and attractive to all.
Taking her turn, the Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye told the gathering that the fight against illegal fishing will not be relaxed, adding that committees to oversee to ensure fishermen do not engage in illegal fishing are all over the place to prevent the illegalities.
The Chief of Juaben and Chairman of the Council of State, Nana Otuo Sereboe, says farmers need to be celebrated because of their valuable contribution to national development.
He emphasized that farmers need to be effectively resourced because of the challenges they face like access to loans, high interest rates among others.
Nana Juabenhene pleaded with the President to raise long term bonds to support agricultural development.