Warehouse Project to reduce post harvest losses launched in Ejura
| Updated Oct 19, 2017 at 9:36am
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially launched the Warehouse component of (One-District-One-Warehouse) of government’s Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Program (IPEP).
He also laid blocks for the construction of the first District Warehouse at Ejura in the Ashanti region.
The purpose of these warehouses will be to handle produce, as well as to store the anticipated surpluses under the “Planting for Food and Jobs” campaign.
The official launch of IPEP coincided with the national celebration of this year's World Food Day at Ejura on the theme: "Change the Future of Migration- Invest in Food Security and Rural Development."
The Infrastructure for Eradication of Poverty, which is under the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives, will oversee the eventual implementation of the One Constituency-One Million Dollars.
As part of the IPEP, a one thousand metric tonne capacity warehouse to be fitted with drying and freezing facilities for the storage of agricultural produce in each of the 216 administrative districts in the country.
The initiative is part of the campaign promises of then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo ahead of last December's polls.
President Akufo-Addo explained that the warehouses are meant primarily to store excess produce from the Planting for Food and Jobs program launched in April this year to boost production of specific targeted crops.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the warehousing project, which is part of a long term project to transform Ghana's agriculture, is aimed at reducing the rate of post-harvest losses, incomes of farmers, enhancing rural economies among other objectives.
The Minister in charge of Special Initiatives, Mavis Koomson, for her part, said the warehouses will also help in establishing marketing linkages for farmers.
The Minister of State at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Nurah Gyiele, disclosed that government has spent the first nine months of its tenure to lay the conducive framework to transform agric production in the country.
The warehousing project, he noted, is part of measures to reduce the problem of rural-urban migration.