16 November 2012

Ghana: Mahama Promises to Overhaul Agriculture in BA

Government on Thursday affirmed its commitment to provide the necessary support to harness commercial, agricultural and economic potentials of the Brong Ahafo Region.

President John DramaniMahama made the commitment when he addressed separate rallies at Techiman, Kintampo, Wenchi and Nsawkaw as part of his four-day campaign tour of the Region. He said agriculturally, the Region was well resourced and government was working round the clock to provide improved seeds, fertilizers, tractors and other farming equipment and implements.

"The Region has comparative advantage in both cash and food crop production, livestock and other commercial ventures", he said, adding that governmental support would help it to realize its full potential in those areas.

President Mahama had previously addressed similar rallies at Goaso, Kukuom, Kenyasi, Atronie, Nkoranza, Yeji, Atebubu, Prang, and Chiraa all in the BrongAhafo Region.He said government would also support farmers to access marketing centres to make farming attractive and profitable, and encouraged the younger ones to undertake that venture.

He also promised to provide accessible roads in all the farming communities of the region to enable them to evacuate their agricultural produce from the farming centres to the commercial and marketing centres.

President Mahama advised the people to vote massively to return the national Democratic Congress to power to complete all the development projects initiated by late President John Evans Atta Mills and to enable government to initiate many more projects.He called on the electorate to ignore the wild promises opposition parties were churning out, saying that "They cannot defend those promises and I can tell you that those promises are even untenable."

President Mahama said the NDC government was concentrating on quality education, which was fundamental and relevant, rather than promising to provide free Senior High School Education.

"How will the students get to the Senior High Schools to acquire the free basic education, if they have not got good foundation to pass their examinations into such Senior High Schools to get free education?" he asked.He appealed to party supporters to eschew violence and all other forms of misconduct that could derail the orderly progress of the December 7 polls.

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