The Ghana National Service Scheme (NSS) has handed over 4,500 maxi bags of maize to 95 Senior High Schools in the Ashanti Region.
The scheme presented 6,000 bags of maize to SHS in Ashanti Region last year.
A statement issued by the National Secretariat of NSS in Accra copied to Ghana News Agency said the maize was part of the produce harvested from the Scheme’s maize farm project in Ejura.
It said Mr Enoch Teye Mensah, Acting Minister of Education, handed over the maize to Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, at a ceremony attended by chiefs, members of CHASS and students.
Mr Mensah said it was time the youth took agriculture serious, because agriculture offered viable means of employment and livelihood anywhere in the world.
Dr Agyeman-Mensah expressed appreciation to the NSS agricultural project in the Region, and pledged the commitment of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council to assist the NSS to expand the project to provide more food for the general public and employment for the youth.
Mr Vincent Senam Kuagbenu, Executive Director of NSS, said the scheme was ready to confront challenges facing Ghana hence the project, which had been replicated in six other Regions.
He commended the Government and chiefs in areas where the projects were established for their support and cooperation.
The statement said Ashanti Regional President of CHASS receiving the maize commended NSS for sustaining education in the country with the provision of personnel and tremendous improvement in the results of students even in the remotest parts of the country.
He noted that the maize would alleviate the challenges of some schools because of the price increase of maize on the market, and appealed to NSS to collaborate with schools which want to venture into agriculture.
In a related development, the scheme handed over 4,500 bags of yellow corn to Ghana Nuts Company at Branam near Wenchi.
The maize would be processed into animal feed for the local poultry industry.
The Wenchi NSS maize Project, which is the first by the scheme in Brong Ahafo Region, was cultivated on a 163 acres land which had been declared unfertile by some foreign agricultural experts.
Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, handing over the maize to Ghana Nuts Company said what NSS had done on the land was a miracle, and efforts would be made to assist the NSS to undertake more projects in the Region.
The Managing Director of the company commended the NSS and said they were prepared for long term partnership with the NSS.GNA