13 February 2013

Ghana: Agric Investors Are Welcome to B/A - Minister-Designate

The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister-designate, Eric Opoku, has invited potential investors wanting to invest in agriculture to direct their resources to the Brong Ahafo Region, since there abounds plenty arable land.

He said available statistics indicate that the region was currently cultivating 9,000km square of land out of the 23,000km square available.

With a 14,000km square land available, the Regional Minister-designate urged potential investors not to hesitate in coming to the region to invest in agriculture.

Mr. Opoku made this revelation when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament last Friday, for public scrutiny on his newly-assigned ministerial role by the President.

Mr. Opoku, a former deputy B/A Regional Minister, took turn to outline some strategies he would initiate to market the other potentials in the region.

One key strategy, he outlined, was the use of the various electronic media in the region to promote its potentials.

Answering a question on what he would do to create more jobs for the youth in the region, Mr. Opoku said he would ensure the smooth execution of all the job intervention measures espoused in the National Democratic Congres manifesto.

He said though the Brong Ahafo Region contributes about 30% of the food basket, the completion of the Bui Hydro electric dam would open up the agricultural potential in the region in the area of irrigation.

This, he noted, would create more jobs for the youth, and therefore, would not hesitate introducing more measures that would encourage the youth to go into irrigation farming.

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