Government to establish farmer service centres

George-Ramsey Benamba, GNA

Saboba, Aug. 25, GNA – President John Dramani
Mahama on Thursday said the government, through the Savannah Accelerated
Development Authority, would establish Farmer Service Centres in the Northern,
Upper East, Upper West and parts of Brong Ahafo and Volta regions.

Under the centres, he said, farmers would be
offered quality seeds, machinery, improved farming practices, technical
services and document the activities of all farmers at each catchment area.

President Mahama said this at Saboba when he
addressed supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as part of his
four-day campaign tour of the Northern Region.

The President, who had addressed similar
rallies over the past three days in other districts, would also campaign at
Wapuli, Chereponi, Ziong, Gushegu and Tampion on his fourth day of the regional

He said the Government would also establish
Micro Credit Centres to support the farmers to expand their activities from
subsistence to commercial farming.

President Mahama said tractors would also be
made available for both outright purchase or on hiring basis and called on
farmers to form cooperatives that would enable them to acquire such services.

President Mahama gave the assurance that
government would build an irrigation dam for the people to engage in all year
farming activities.

He said the completion of the dam would engage
more than one thousand farmers in the area which would prevent the rural-urban
drift of people in search of non-existent jobs in the urban areas.

President Mahama said government would also
asphalt the Saboba-Yendi roads giving the assurance that it was currently
undergoing the procurement process.

He said 45 culverts would also be constructed
while the Saboba-Chereponi road would be constructed to help them to cart foodstuff
from the rural areas to marketing centres.

The President said government would also build
a concrete bridge over the Oti River to facilitate commercial activities
between Ghanaians and their Togolese counterparts since that place was closer
to Togo.

He said eight communities would also receive
electricity under the current extension programme throughout the country.

President Mahama hinted that the Ghana
Commercial Bank had agreed to establish an agency in Saboba which would
subsequently be upgraded into a full branch in the coming days.

He promised to also upgrade the Saboba Health
Centre into a fully-fledged hospital to adequately cater for the health needs
of the people.

Uchabobor Michael Binalibein Kambonja, the
Paramount Chief of Saboba, commended President Mahama for the numerous
development projects scattered all over the district.

He appealed for the upgrading of the Saboba
Health Facility into a hospital.


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