Denkyembour District Assembly nursing 30,000 oil palm seedlings

Akwatia (E/R)� The Denkyembour District Assembly is nursing 30,000 oil palm seedlings for farmers to expand their oil palm farms and also for those who want to participate in the production of palm fruits and palm oil.

Addressing the District Assembly at Akwatia, Mr Seth Birikorang Ofosu, the District Chief Executive, said the assembly is determined to expand the production of oil palm and ultimately make the district a major producer of palm oil in the country.

He said the project would also build a raw material base for the establishment of a palm oil factory in the district.

The DCE said under the modernization of agriculture programme, the core mandate of the assembly is to promote agriculture in the district through training and sensitization of farmers on modern agriculture technologies.

The training and sensitizations, he said, would help increase crop and livestock production and improve the living standard of all players in the agricultural value chain in the district.

The Department of Agriculture has organized 10 outreach programmes and 20 farmers training so far this year.

Mr Ofosu said the District Assembly would not achieve its development agenda without sufficient revenue.

He said as at June 30, this year, the assembly has been able to mobilize an amount of GH350,163.38 out of the estimated revenue of GH604,759.80 for the first six months, representing 57.70 per cent.

Mr Ofosu said though this was a commendable effort, there was room for improvement and expressed the hope that as the year proceeds, the figure would rise.

Mr Ofosu said the Assembly has received 178 applications for the National Builders Corps (N A B C O) initiative which seeks to help solve graduate unemployment adding that letters would soon be issued to qualified applicants to begin work.

Source: Ghana News Agency