By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh.com |
Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa has boasted of his region’s performance in the agriculture sector making it the centre of attraction at the recently held National Farmers’ Day in Tamale, Northern Region.
According to Dr Letsa, participants at the event on Friday, December 1, deserted all the other stands in favour of the Volta stand which he termed “stand of attraction” for the Day because of the variety of products on display.
He said this to buttress the agriculture potentials of the region which he wanted to be fully exploited taking advantage of the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs initiative to benefit citizens of the region and Ghana at large.
The Minister was happy the Regional Department of Agriculture and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture revealed Volta Region (where rice is grown in all 25 districts) has been recording higher yields in rice in recent years as compared to the others.
He said most of the “brands of processed perfumed rice popularly found on the Ghanaian market including Copa, Champion, Aduahene, and Pride are all produced in the Volta Region.”
He spoke on other projects including the irrigation infrastructure in the region meant to increase production to provide food and jobs for the people.
Dr Letsa said this while addressing participants at the second meeting of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) on Tuesday at the Residency, Ho.
He touted the initiatives of the ruling government which he said to led to “tremendous successes across the various sectors including Security, Food Security, Road network, Education, Water and Sanitation among others” in the region.
The meeting also saw presentations from Regional Agriculture Directorate briefing members of the Council on the successes chalked as a result of government’s flagship programmes as well as the attention given to the sector.
Planning Officer, Regional Education Directorate, Bright Dey who walked the members through the state of education in the region, called on parents to provide the educational needs for their wards accusing them of shying away from their responsibility in the name of free senior high policy.
He therefore appealed to the parents to provide their children with the necessary assistance especially their elective textbooks to support government’s policy to succeed.
The meeting which brought together members of the Council including the Deputy Regional Minister, Maxwell Kofi Blagodzi, Chief Director, Felix Chaahaah and Dean of Municipal and District Chief Executives, Kudjoh Attah had presentations from 3 other departments including Urban Roads, Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) and Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority.
While the presentation on Urban Roads focused on the 10.5 Km Sokode-Ho Dual Carriage Road project, GAC canvassed for support of members to stop stigmatizing people living with HIV in order to eradicate the epidemic by 2030 and Customs spoke on the importance of the tax stamp inviting every Ghanaian on board claiming it has safety and revenue implications for the region and country as a whole.