National Service personnel advised to go into agric
The acting Executive Director of the Ghana National Service Scheme (GNSS), Alhaji Alhassan Imoro, has advised national service personnel to take advantage of the agricultural opportunities being offered them by the scheme to be self employed.
He said many young people had become successful in the field of agriculture because they remained committed to their vision.
Alhaji Imoro gave the advice when he inspected the scheme’s agricultural projects in the Brong Ahafo, Northern and Ashanti regions.
He also used his visits to the regions to assess how service personnel posted there had settled, particularly after the deployment of more than 70,000 national service personnel throughout the country.
The four-day tour took Alhaji Imoro and his entourage to Branam in the Wenchi District in the Brong Ahafo Region, where the scheme has cultivated 200 acres of maize; Damango in the Northern Region, where the GNSS has an 184- acre maize farm; and the 300-acre maize farm at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.
All the farms are at various stages of harvesting, and are expected to produce high yields by the end of the season.
The GNSS regional directors for the three regions briefed the acting executive director on postings in their respective regions.
According to them, about 80 per cent of service personnel posted in the 2013/2014 service year had reported and settled at their stations.
Alhaji Imoro expressed satisfaction at the regional postings so far, and urged service personnel who had not yet reported for their national service to do so.
He commended national service personnel who had accepted postings to the GNSS agricultural projects, and urged them to use the period of their service to learn practical agricultural activities to augment whatever theories they might have acquired from their various colleges of agriculture.
‘This is an opportunity for you to put into practice what you learnt from school,’ he stated, adding that the Scheme was considering going into soya bean cultivation at Ejura and palm plantation in other parts of the Ashanti Region.
At Damango, Alhaji Imoro and his entourage defied the one-and-a-half-hour downpour and inspected the farm.
He said the Damango maize farm was the latest addition and it was doing very well, and expressed the scheme’s gratitude to the agricultural officers in the district for their technical assistance that had made the project successful.
While in Kumasi, Alhaji Imoro paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Adusei, who commended the scheme for its agricultural projects across the country.
He said the vision of the government was to provide enough jobs for the youth through projects such as agriculture and, therefore, commended the scheme for taking advantage of the government’s Youth in Agriculture Programme to introduce the youth to agriculture.
Mr Adusei expressed the gratitude of the Ashanti Regional Co-ordinating Council to the GNSS for its successful agricultural project at Ejura, and promised that the government would continue to support projects and other activities of the scheme in other parts of the country.
He commended service personnel who had accepted postings to other parts of the country, and urged them to use the period of their national service to explore other avenues of employment in order to be self-employed after their national service.
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