Mahama pledges more investment in agric
He said apart from meeting the country’s food requirement, it was the best means of resolving unemployment, and raising incomes in the rural areas.
President Mahama said this in an address read on his behalf by Mr. Dan Abodakpi, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, at the 11th Annual Deza (Oil Palm Festival) of the people of the Dzodze Traditional Area in the Ketu North District at the weekend.
The festival, instituted to revive the oil palm industry in the area, was celebrated on the theme: “Deza, a Tool for Peace, Tolerance and Unity Towards Development.”
“We will continue to invest to modernise agriculture to further enhance its profitability and attractiveness,” President Mahama said.
He said the objective of the festival was in line with the government’s plans for the agricultural sector.
President Mahama advised the chiefs and people of Dzodze to uphold unity and peace to advance their development, saying the government had achieved “massive infrastructure development” due to the peace that prevailed.
He also advised them to ignore superfluous and unachievable promises by politicians as the elections drew near, and that his government had laid a strong foundation for the country’s takeoff, through infrastructural development.
He called for peace during the elections.
Mr. Modestus Ahiable, Ghana’s Ambassador to Benin and a native of the area, called for detailed plans to drive the aims of the festival to success, instead of the yearly fanfare.
Mr. Horvey Dzineku, Chairman of the Festival Planning Committee, commended the government for the development projects executed in the area.
He appealed to the government to help the Keta-Akatsi Dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church secure accreditation for the proposed Nurses Training College at Dzodze. – GNA
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