The Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) has set up a revolving fund to provide low-interest credit to support the promotion and sustenance of agriculture in the municipality.
The Assembly through its Agriculture and Community Development Directorate is also training women and the youth in nutrition education and agribusiness to enhance their socio-economic lives.
Mr John Kwao Sackey, Municipal Chief Executive, said this at the celebration of this year’s Farmers Day celebration at Akporman, near Abokobi on Friday.
The event was on the theme: ‘Transform Ghana: Invest in Agriculture’.
Joseph Ayisi Boakye of Akporman, who has been farming for the past 17 years, was adjudged the Best Farmer in the Municipality.
He owns a three-acre cassava farm, a three-acre yam farm, a three-acre crop farm and also rears chicken, fowls, ducks and turkey.
Mr Sackey said efforts by past and present governments to improve agriculture and maintain its status as the engine of the economy have yielded positive results.
He said to achieve United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal I and II, which enjoins Ghana to ‘End Poverty in all its forms everywhere’, the Assembly had advocated for the reservation of lands by landowners for agriculture and farming purposes.
This aside, Mr Sackey said, the Assembly is also initiating innovative approaches to help address the land scarcity challenge facing the sustenance of agriculture.
The Ga East Municipal Chief Executive urged the chiefs to see it as a collective responsibility as stakeholders of the municipality, to preserve lands for agriculture and related activities to ensure that the vision of transforming Ghana and for that matter the municipality through agriculture will be met.
Nii Annang Ofori, Papao Mantse, who chaired the function, commended the farmers for their efforts to sustain agriculture over the years.
He appealed to the judiciary to fast tract land-related matters brought before them. GNA