From Francis Owusu -Ansah
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Kintampo, Mr. Michael Sarkodie, has secured about 70 kilometres square of land from the chiefs at Dawadawa No 2 for the establishment of a cattle ranch.
The ranch, to be established by Canadian investors, would be the first of its kind in Ghana.
As part of preparations to commence the project, the Canadian investors, led by the Canada High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. Hedahe Cameron, on May 19, 2018, visited the project site at Dawadawa and interacted with the local authorities.
Ghana’s Ambassador to Canada, Ayikoi Otoo, led the delegation to Kintampo.
Dr. Emmanuel G. Lanz, President, Global Executive Agro Solution, is the representative of the Canadian government on this project.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Kintampo North, Mr. Kwasi Etu Bondy, and the MCE for Kintampo received the delegation from Canada, together with some community leaders in the municipality, to discuss the project.
Both the Municipal Chief Executive and the MP noted that the establishment of the ranch would reduce the incidence of cattle rustling in the area.
According to the MCE, the establishment of the ranch would also reduce cattle diseases, because the animals would be vaccinated to improve their health, confined and monitored.
The MP said the residents would have safe meat and milk for consumption.
The initiative will also create employment for the youth, since milk, cheese and leather factories could be established among others with the coming of the ranch.
The Kintampo Municipal Assembly has also held a follow up meeting with the investors and some Fulani herdsmen, cattle owners, farmers, party representatives and some assembly members in the municipality in connection with the project.
A group of Fulani from Kumasi, led by their Chief, Alhaji Osuman Bin Mohamed, Co-founder of Surubaba Foundation and Chairman of the Cattle Owners Committee in Ghana, attended the said meeting.
The group met with the chiefs, MCE, MP and land owners in the area, who appreciated the initiative.
Ayikoi Otoo assured the Canadian delegation of the government’s readiness to facilitate investments in the country.
The Canada High Commissioner was accompanied by Mr. Dave Burdek, Deputy Minister (Canada), Mr. Samuel Boateng, International Initiatives Officer (Canada), Mr. Dan Daley, Dean School of Trades Olds College (Canada), Ms. Can Vinke, Sustainable Development Director, Viresco Solutions (Canada), Mr. George Addai, Geosanda Consulting (Ghana) Mr. Peter Fiamor, Trade Commissioner and Dr. Emmanuel Gyau.