Business News of 2014-02-25

$10m farming project to begin at Anyanboni

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Gong Jianzhong, has cut the sod for a $10-million aquaculture and mechanised farming project for the Anyanboni community and its surrounding villages in the Upper Manya Krobo District in the Eastern Region.

Two hundred hectares have been acquired for the project, which is an initiative of the Member of Parliament for Upper Manya Krobo, Mr Jeff Tetteh Kavianu.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Jianzhong described agriculture as a necessity for economic development, adding, “We cannot support democracy with an empty stomach, so we should take agriculture as a priority in our economic development.”

He promised that China would support Ghana in its efforts at developing agriculture through education and the provision of technology, among others. Helen Ntoso

The Eastern Regional Minister, Ms Helen Adjoa Ntoso, urged the youth in the area to take advantage of the project to go into farming.

She said the Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council would monitor progress of work on the project to ensure its success. Kavianu

Mr Kavianu said despite the vast presence of the Volta River in the area, the people could not utilise it as a result of the non–availability of funds.

He was happy that the project, when completed, would open up the area by increasing activities in neighbouring communities.

The District Chief Executive, Mr Joseph Tetteh Angmor, called for irrigation facilities for the area because of the erratic rainfall, which leaves farmers with no other option of getting water for their farms.