Seed companies calls for insecticides to prolong shelve life of seeds

Fumesua (Ash), Seed companies have called for the provision of insecticides for seed treatment that could guarantee long shelve lives of seeds produced in the country.

According to the seed companies, the current insecticides for treatment of seeds on the market last for 90 days forcing the companies to retreat their seeds several times.

The situation, the companies claim is creating unhealthy relationship between them and other players in the seed value chain who are accusing them of poor treatment of their seeds especially when the seeds had to stay with the clients for over 90 days.

This came up for discussion at the second Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG) at Fumesua in the Ashanti Region.

Addressing the AGM, the National President of NASTAG, Mr Thomas Havor called for unity among members of the association, and urged them to work together and stay together.

He reminded them that their success depends on staying and working together and that the future of the country depends on them.

Source: Ghana News Agency

President Commissions 20MW Onyadze Solar power plant

Onyadze (C/R) President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as part of his four-day working visit to the Central Region has commissioned a new 20 Megawatt (MW) Solar PV power plant at Gomoa Onyadze in the Gomoa West District.

The plant has 40,480 pieces of polycrystalline silicon panels, 64,400 solar panels, 20 invertor rooms attached to transformers and one out-going feeder to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) main sub-station near the Winneba junction.

Power generated from the solar plant would feed the ECG sub-station at Winneba, which supplied power to Apam, Winneba, Swedru and some parts of Kasoa.

The $30m facility was developed and funded by Meinergy Ghana, a private Electrical Installation Company based in Ghana in collaboration with its partners.

Speaking at the commissioning, President Akufo Addo reiterated Government’s commitment to scale up the country’s renewable energy through utility-scale solar, off-grid projects and domestic manufacturing.

In view of this, he said Government through the One District, One Factory initiative is creating a business-friendly investment environment to attract investors into the renewable energy sector to positively alter the country’s energy-mix.

We are in the age where renewable energy is being produced domestically so we want to get into a situation where these solar panels will be produced domestically within the confines of the one district one factory initiative he stated

“The 1 D1F comes with a whole package of incentives to encourage investors to invest and participate in it he added

This, according to the President would create local employment opportunities in the country and strengthen its self-reliance capabilities.

Currently, Ghana is said to draw just one percent of its energy from solar, while 59 per cent comes from fossil fuels, and 40 percent from hydro.

Meanwhile, the Government’s objective is to least generate 10 percent of its national electricity load from renewable energy by 2020 and in the long term become the main source.

The President said the vision though ambitious, was achievable in the light of the plans and programmes put in place.

This is also to enable the Government fulfil its commitment under the Paris Agreement to have an environmentally friendly technology that would be able to address issues with climate change.

Mr Peter Amewu, Minister of Energy said Government was in the process of rationalising the contribution of independent power producers to the energy development of the country.

He enumerated some key advantages of solar energy and said apart from its initial high cost of installation, solar energy was cheap.

The energy Minister said the only way to reduce the extensive bills on energy consumers was to invest in renewable energy adding that, it was not out of place for the Government to initiate processes to add renewable mix to the country’s energy.

Mr Daniel Azu, Project Engineer expressed gratitude to the Energy Commission, and the chiefs and people of Oyandze for their support towards the project which occupied 100 acres of land.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Maintain constitutional lines in creation of new regions – Togbe Afede

Ho, Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Asogli and President of the National House of Chiefs has urged government to maintain constitutional lines on the creation of new regions to avoid a flood of demands for new boundaries.

He said increased demands for new regions was a situation the 1992 Constitution sought to prevent by rigidifying provisions on boundary alterations.

Togbe Afede who was addressing a durbar to climax the 2018 Asogli TeZa of the Asogli State in Ho, said “if one of the issues to be decided in such a referendum is the boundary of a new region, then it is difficult to see how voting could be limited to the people in an assumed boundary.”

He said his office received concerns from people living in both sides of the divide, and said, “the concentration of the Commission’s work on the areas from which petitions came betrayed an early assumption that voting would take place in those areas only. If this thinking holds, then we should prepare ourselves for a flood of requests for, and promises of new regions.”

Togbe Afede said to avoid the ‘bubbles’, boundary recommendations and the planned referendum should follow the Constitution’s clear guidelines on the process in the interest of peace and unity.

This year’s festival, which was on the theme “Uniting for the cause of Asogli and Ghana”, also marked the 15th Anniversary of Togbe Afede’s enstoolment.

He called for concerted efforts to develop Asogli and reassured the people of economic transformation for the rapid socioeconomic development of the Volta region.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Maintain constitutional lines in creation of new regions – Togbe Afede

Ho, Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Asogli and President of the National House of Chiefs has urged government to maintain constitutional lines on the creation of new regions to avoid a flood of demands for new boundaries.

He said increased demands for new regions was a situation the 1992 Constitution sought to prevent by rigidifying provisions on boundary alterations.

Togbe Afede who was addressing a durbar to climax the 2018 Asogli TeZa of the Asogli State in Ho, said “if one of the issues to be decided in such a referendum is the boundary of a new region, then it is difficult to see how voting could be limited to the people in an assumed boundary.”

He said his office received concerns from people living in both sides of the divide, and said, “the concentration of the Commission’s work on the areas from which petitions came betrayed an early assumption that voting would take place in those areas only. If this thinking holds, then we should prepare ourselves for a flood of requests for, and promises of new regions.”

Togbe Afede said to avoid the ‘bubbles’, boundary recommendations and the planned referendum should follow the Constitution’s clear guidelines on the process in the interest of peace and unity.

This year’s festival, which was on the theme “Uniting for the cause of Asogli and Ghana”, also marked the 15th Anniversary of Togbe Afede’s enstoolment.

He called for concerted efforts to develop Asogli and reassured the people of economic transformation for the rapid socioeconomic development of the Volta region.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Government supports young entrepreneurs with G0 million

Tamale, Government has disbursed a total of G0 million to 260 young entrepreneurs in the north to help boost their businesses.

The amount was to help build a capacity of the entrepreneurs to help play a leading role in creating jobs for the transformation of the economy.

The 260 young entrepreneurs received the money during the weekend in Tamale at a program aimed at celebrating and awarding financial support to young people engaged in entrepreneurship through the Presidential Business Support Programme (PBSP) initiative on the theme: “Empowering Ghanaian Businesses”.

The programme was organized by the Northern Regional Coordinating Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Business Development and attended by the Ministry of Energy, Metropolitan and Municipal Chief Executives (MMDCEs), Religious and Traditional leaders and other stakeholders.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, presenting the premium business support to the beneficiaries said the PBSP sought to provide young entrepreneurs with business development services, start-up incubators and funding as well as technical support to enable them grow and become successful.

He said the PBSP was set up within the context of Ghana’s long-term strategic vision to consolidate its middle income status, build an industry driven economy capable of providing decent jobs suitable and sustainable for development.

Dr Bawumia said entrepreneurship was very important to the private sector if they were to drive growth and encouraged them to partner with government to create jobs and opportunities for the teeming young populations.

He said over 1,000 micro, small and medium enterprises in the three northern regions applied for support from this programme and all of them were given the opportunity to go through a well structured training to build their capacities to manage their business.

Dr Bawumia said 260 people were competitively selected through the recommendation of six private incubation houses in a transparent efficient and equitable manner.

He encouraged the beneficiaries to look beyond Ghana and set their sights outside the country to market their products and businesses.

Dr Bawumia said the beneficiaries were also to receive continuous training and capacity building, mentorship and business advisory services, free accounting services, access to business networking opportunities as well as access to seed capitals ranging from Gh5,000.00 to G00,000.00 per business at an interest rate of 10 per cent.

“Key among the businesses are agribusiness and agro-processing, smock weaving, Information Communication Technology (ICT), animal and livestock rearing, food and beverages, fashion and clothing among others” he said.

Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, the Minister for Business Development urged all entrepreneurs to be very innovative and research more to improve on their businesses.

He said as part of their programmes they would be launching the women support programme before the end of this year to support women entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Sheihu Dalhu Abdul Mumin, the Zongo Chief of Tamale said youth entrepreneurship programme would play a vital role in creating job opportunities in the country.

He appealed to government to extend the support to people who are capable and competent devoid of political affiliations.

Sheihu Mumin urged the Minister for Business Development to inject effective monitoring mechanism so as to ensure that this intervention was accomplished successfully.

He advised the beneficiaries not to disappoint the people who trust them with this support and entreated them to make good use of the support offered to them for the benefit of their communities and Ghana at large.

Source: Ghana News Agency