Wednesday, January 3, 2018

33RD EDITION OF FARMERS’ DAY CELEBRATION HELD IN TANO SOUTH DISTRICT



The Tano South District’s version of the National Farmers’ Day celebration has been held at New Brosankro.
The celebration which attracted farmers, workers and people from all parts of the district saw our gallant farmers been awarded with Prizes and certificates for their selfless and dedicated work to the district and the Nation as a whole.




                      Pictures above show items to be awarded to the farmers and dignitaries at the function
In a speech to mark the occasion, the Tano South District Director of Agriculture Mr. Kyei-Baffour Owusu –Achiaw welcomed all to the programme and congratulated farmers for their immense contributions towards the development of the district and country as a whole.  He said, as Ghana is celebrating the 33rd farmer’s day, there is the need for the authority or government to celebrate the day to award farmers with goodies since they play critical role to make the Nation acquire foodstuffs. He stressed that agriculture remains the mainstay of Ghana’s economy and hinted that government is working assiduously to ensure the country becomes self-sufficient in food production and export the surplus for the foreign exchange.  Mr. Baffour said, the 33rd farmers’ day celebration of which the theme was’’ Farming for food and jobs’’ shows government’s commitment of modernizing agricultural sector to make it looks attractive for more people to invest their resources.
                     
                                       The District Director of Agric delivering his speech at the function
 He stressed that since farmers do not use modern methods of farming, it makes them achieve low yield and hinted that government is putting measures in place to support farmers in order to make farmers obtain high outputs and used the occasion to catalogue the programmes introduced under auspices of Ministry of Food and Agriculture by government. He encouraged the upcoming and enterprising youth to consider farming as a business but not a as a pensioners’ job and also advised all those who participated in PFG programme to settle their remaining balance to ensure the continuity of the programme  and called on stakeholders to partner with government to modernize agriculture.
In a short but impressive address,  the Tano South District Fire command, DO II Abraham Tarm-Sackye said the prudent measures the Tano South District branch of  Ghana National Fire Service  put in place have helped to reduce the fire outbreak in the district and called on authorities to support the fire volunteers for them to assist the fire officers to combat fire outbreak and also to educate the rural folks on the causes of fire outbreak.
                         
                         Mr. Abraham Tarm-Sackye  educating the participants on the causes of fire
In another development, the Member of Parliament for Tano South Constituency, Hon Benjamin Yeboah  Sekyere expressed the felicities of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo – Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana to all gallant farmers. He said since agriculture contributes immensely to Ghana’s domestic products the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Industry is putting measures in place to roll out programmes to be added to the existing ones to support farmers to produce enough foodstuffs to feed the country. He informed farmers to comply all education which will be given to them by the extension officers since the extension officers are the technocrats and encouraged them to form groups to
                      
                                    Hon. Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere (MP) addressing the gathering
enable them channel their grievances to government and said the formation of the groups will help government to identify the needs of the farmers in the district. He said government has introduced planting for food and jobs programme with the notion to reduce rural – urban migration and urged the teaming youth to embrace the programme to make government achieve the intent to which he introduced the programme.

On behalf of  Hix Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo – Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana and the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, the DCE for Tano South, Hon. Collins Offinam Takyi welcomed all gathered farmers and other participants and said the National farmers’ day is a  day set aside nationwide to recognized the vital role played by gallant framers in the production of all forms of foodstuffs.
                        
                           Hon. Collins Offinam Takyi (DCE) addressing the gathering
  He said, the 33rd Farmers’ day celebration of which the theme was ‘’ Farming for Food and Jobs’’ could not have been chosen at a better time than now considering the increase rate of unemployment among the youth and inadequacy of some foodstuffs for growing population of our country despite the abundance   of arable lands and other natural resources that promote agriculture. He said since His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo – Addo assumed office, he and his government have formulated and rolled out critical national policies in the agriculture sector which intended to provide opportunity for farmers to increase their production and also attract the youth to engage in agriculture and hinted that, government’s flagship policy ‘’ planting for food and jobs ‘’ has also received international commendation and support by the Canadian government where the Canadian government will modernize Agriculture in Ghana by providing budgetary support for the implementation of the government of Ghana’s food and Agricultural implementation development policy.  
Hon. Takyi said the objective of planting for food and jobs was to create more jobs and increase production and said the areas in which the programme covers are the provision of extension services, supply of fertilizers and improved seed, marketing and monitoring and stressed that, for farmers to be able to purchase more farm inputs, government has subsidized farming inputs by fifty (50 %) whilst the remaining fifty (50 %) will be paid by the farmers after the sales of their products.  He said the Assembly will undertake agricultural project to support many farmers in the district and hinted that the Assembly has submitted a project proposal to the Ministry of Trade and Industry through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for approval and called on farmers to take advantage of the programme as soon as it commences in the district.
Hon Takyi said one of the major problems hampering the agriculture sector in Ghana is the post-harvest losses and to find solution to the challenges, government has started the processes to construct one warehouse for each district to store and preserve farm produce. He said government as part of its strategic plans to improve cocoa production in the country has re-instituted the mass cocoa spraying programme to ensure all cocoa farms within the boundaries of Ghana are sprayed. In response to the fall army worm invasion in the district, the honourable Takyi said, the Tano South District branch of MOFA put measures in place to curb the fall army worm infestation and informed all farmers to report cases of fall army worm to the department of Agric for redress.
Hon. Takyi said bushfire is also another problem that confront farmers in the district during dry season and explained that, over the years bushfires have affected many farmers in the district and urged fire service to strengthen fire volunteer groups in the district for them to monitor and report fire cases and other activities which could cause fire to the security agencies.
He said the strategic plans put in place by the District Security Committee and cooperation from Nananom and other stakeholders have made peace continues to exist in the district and called on the authorities at chieftaincy areas of the district to adopt peaceful ways to resolve the differences. He stressed that after the council of Ahafo Chiefs petitioned the President, they met the commission of inquiry on November 2017 to justify the substantial need for the creation of the new Region out of the existing Brong Ahafo Region and urged all and sundry to tune out massively during the referendum to vote to accept the creation of the Region.  


                                                                           Award winners receiving their awards from the dignitaries
In conclusion Hon. Takyi congratulated all the award winning farmers and urged those farmers in the district who have been working very hard all the years but have not yet been selected for award not to give up. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

TANO SOUTH DISTRICT ASSEMBLY HOLDS GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING



The second session of the general Assembly of the Tano South District Assembly has been held.




                        A cross section of Hon. Members and dignitaries at the meeting
The meeting held at the Assembly Conference Hall of the district saw the attendance of the DCE, Hon Collins Offinam Takyi, the Presiding Member, Hon. John Dadzie, the District Coordinating Director, Mr. Kofi Kingsley Sencherey, the District Finance Officer, Mr. Agyenim – Boateng Patrick and Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II, the Omanhene of Bechem Traditional Area.
In an opening address, the Presiding Member, Hon. John Dadzie welcomed all and sundry to the important meeting of the Assembly and said the meeting will give platform and privileges to the participants and Hon. Members to deliberate on the developmental agenda of the District. He said, the meeting is also in fulfilment of the standing orders of the Assembly which mandates all Hon. Members to meet as and when necessary to access the critical issues in the district and find the needed ways to address them.
                    

                           The Presiding Member of the Assembly welcoming the Hon. Members
Hon. Dadzie thanked the MP, Hon. Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere for procuring a double decker refrigerator to the office the Presiding Member and called on the MP to provide the Office with a Television Set to enable it befits the status. Since time lost is never refundable, he urged all Hon. Members to respect time in everything they do especially in attending Assembly Meeting and other official functions and urged them to contribute their quota to make the meeting a success.
With regards to the Public Relations and Complaint Committee, he said, the committee is one of the statutory committees of the Assembly responsible for educating the general public on the activities of the District. He said, the committee has held its first meeting to discuss the best ways to perform its constitutional mandate and encouraged them to inform the electorates to use their office to address the emerging issues.
Hon Dadzie said, the Annual Presiding Members’ Conference for 2017 was held at the Institute of Local Government Studies in Accra, where a number of issues were discussed including the procurement and supply of motorbikes to the Assembly Members. 
In a sessional address, the DCE, Hon. Collins Offinam Takyi said, he was very glad to be given the opportunity to address the August House for the second time since his assumption of office.
He expressed the good wishes of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo – Addo , the President of the Republic of Ghana, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon. Kwaku Asomah Cheremeh, the MP for Tano South Constituency Hon. Benjamin Yeboah Sekeyere and his own behalf to all members present and said the turnout for the meeting is an indication that Hon. Members are eager to collaborate with Stakeholders, Institutions and Agencies to  work as a team to improve the living standards of people in the District.
On security matters, Hon. Takyi said, the District continues to remain relatively calm and peaceful due to the prudent strategies put in place by the District Security Committee (DISEC) and assured Nananom and other stakeholders that the Assembly will do all it takes to support the committee to enable them to perform its core mandates.
                     



                                       Hon. DCE for Tano South addressing the House
On finance, Hon. Takyi stressed that the Assembly acquires its financial resources through the District Assembly Common Fund, Internally Generated Fund, District Development Fund and Donations. He said, since the Assembly has limited financial resource, it finds it difficult to meet the expectation of the citizenry and urged the Assembly members to support the revenue collectors to mobilize more revenue for the Assembly to enable them to address issues affecting people in the District.
Since education is the key to success, Hon. Takyi said, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo – Addo has rolled out the Free Senior High School Programme in line with 2016 manifesto promise of the New Patriotic Party and hinted that the programme is aimed at making the Ghanaian child of school going age have access to Free Senior High School. He said, there are three (3) Senior High Schools in the District and out of them, one is a boarding facility and stressed that the implementation of policy has made 2017 academic year saw each school admitting more students.  He said, government has also paid all first year students’ fees and provides one hot meal a day for all day students free of charge as a component of the free SHS policy.
Hon. Takyi said the introduction of the free Senior High School is a good intervention programme but it has come with its associate challenges such as inadequate boarding accommodation, hostel facilities for students who come from far and inadequate kitchen staff to cook for the students and stressed that the Central Government and the Assembly are working assiduously to ensure the challenges are addressed to create enabling environment for teaching and learning.
He stressed that, as part of Assembly’s efforts to improve education by building the human resource capacity of the younger generation in the District, the Assembly had implemented   the recommendations from the social services sub – committee by paying an amount of twenty – four thousand, six hundred and twenty – four Ghana cedis and twenty pesewas ( GH 24, 624.20) from the District Assembly Common Fund to thirty – three (33) students in the second cycle institution, colleges of education, nursing training colleges and the universities who had applied for financial support from the Assembly.
On health sector, Hon. Takyi said, CHPs Compounds provide strategic planning and implementation of primary health care activities within a community with full participation of community members and hinted that the Assembly is putting efforts in place to provide needed equipment to four (4) CHPs Compounds to begin work in order to make people in the community have access to health care delivery.
With regards to National Health Insurance Scheme, Hon, Takyi said, the scheme was established to provide equitable access and financial coverage for basic health care services for all manner of Ghanaians and stressed that from January to August, 2017, the Tano South District office of the National Health Insurance has been able to register twenty – five thousand, two hundred twenty – four (25, 224) people onto the scheme. He said, currently the scheme has nine (9) accredited health care providers serving its members in the District and seven (7) health care providers and said since January to August, 2017 the National Health Insurance Authority has been able to release a total amount ( GH 1, 578, 480.37) to pay some accredited service providers.
To make Agricultural sector becomes attractive and productive to Ghanaians, Hon. Takyi said government has launched the Planting for Food and Jobs policy to subsidize Agricultural inputs by fifty per cent (50%) with the remaining fifty per cent (50%) paid by farmers. On Planting for Jobs and Investment, which is a subsidiary of Planting for Food and Jobs, Hon Takyi indicated that, the Assembly is putting measures in place to support between ten thousand (10,000) to twenty thousand (20,000) farmers in the District to cultivate an average of ten (10) acres of crops within the next four (4) years.
Hon. Takyi touched on LEAP, water and sanitation and electricity and said the Assembly will continue to do its core mandates by providing good drinking water and extension of electricity to the needed communities.
The house also used the occasion to discuss the Executive Committee report of the Assembly and the fee fixing resolution for 2018.
       

                                      Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II giving his address
Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II, the Omanhene of Bechem Traditional Area who had the opportunity to attend the meeting in a speech said, the chiefs of Ahafo have submitted a proposal concerning the creation of Ahafo Region to the office of the President and hinted that when government is ready for the creation of the Region, a referendum will be conducted by electoral commission and urged all legible voters to vote massively to acquire needed percentage of votes for the creation of the Region.