Business News of 2013-12-23

KOICA supports agriculture at Dawhenya

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has presented agricultural equipment to boost agricultural production in the Dawhenya community in the Greater Accra Region.
The equipment, valued at $298,400 comprised three tractors, seven power tillers, two combine harvesters and eight motor cycles.
A representative from KOICA, Mr Cho Kwang-Geol, presented the machines to the Chief Executive of the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, Dr Ben Nyamadi,in a handover ceremony at Dawhenya.
The occasion was also used to officially outdoor a $3.6 million “Dawhenya Integrated Rural Development project” which commenced months ago, aimed at enhancing the standard of living of the people of Dawhenya.
The Dawhenya Integrated Rural Development
The project involves the rehabilitation of the Dawhenya irrigation scheme, replacement of inefficient electrical pumps, construction of schools and training centres and capacity-building programmes for farmers.
The overall goal of the project is to improve livelihoods of the people in the area and its surrounding villages through increasing agricultural productivity and raising their living standards.
Speaking at the function, Dr Nyamadi said the equipment would be distributed to the districts and municipal offices as well as the main office of MOFA in the region to serve the purpose for which they were donated.
He stated that the presentation of the equipment was timely since farmers in the area especially were faced with irrigation challenges.
Dr Nyamadi added that the equipment would help ease the farming activities of farmers in the community and its environs and was hopeful that their farm yields would be increased.
He advised farmers and those who would use the tractors to use them efficiently and effectively.
Mr Kwang-Geol encouraged the members of the community to ensure that the equipment were properly kept and maintained.