Ghanaian Chronicle

SADA commissions 100 Mahindra tractors… fot distribution to farmers

Date published: June 22, 2012

By: Edmond Gyebi

The Vice President, John Dramani Mahama, has hinted that the government, through the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), would plant over five million trees in the 50 districts within the SADA operational area to mitigate the effects of climate change.

According to him, the project, dubbed “SADA Afforestation Project,” was aimed at reducing severe devastation from rainstorms which seem to have become an annual occurrence in most parts of the north, and also prevent desertification in the savannah zones.

The Vice President, who announced this at a ceremony in Tamale to commission 100 brand new Mahindra Tractors for distribution to farmers in the SADA areas, said a substantial amount of money was being set aside for the smooth take off of the project.

Mr. Mahama said the SADA Afforestation Project would employ not less than 10,000 youth in the northern sector.

He directed all the district chief executives in the SADA areas to prevail on all school authorities to also embark on massive tree planting on their campuses to save their buildings from having their roofs ripped off during rain storms.

The Vice President observed that the cost of rehabilitating damaged school buildings would be far more expensive than planting trees around the school to serve as windbreaks.

However, Mr. Mahama commissioned GH¢24 million worth of agricultural inputs, including 100 brand new tractors, to boost productivity and farmer’s income in the five regions covered by SADA.

According to him, the SADA was carefully introduced by the government to bring hope to the people of northern Ghana, and also improve upon their living conditions.

Apart from donating over 1,000 flat screen computers to the University for Development Studies (UDS) for research and ICT studies, SADA, with support from the Millennium Village Project (MVP), the Vice President noted, had also distributed about 16,000 bags of fertilisers to some farmers.

He further noted that the government was to receive ten million yen (¥10,000,000) from the Chinese government for the procurement of three-wheeled motorbikes for farmers to transport their produce to the market centres.

That notwithstanding, the Vice President announced that the government had also finalised an agreement with the Brazilian government, for the supply of 500 brand new tractors to boost farming activities in Ghana, of which SADA would be the major beneficiary.

Mr. John Mahama received applause when he announced that the government, in partnership with the Brazilian government, had completed feasibility and work designs on the upgrading of the Tamale Airport into an international airport.

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