Senior High schools in Ashanti order 3,000 bags of maize

…from National Service Scheme farms at Ejura

By Bismark Bebli

Vincent Kuagbenu, NSS Exec. Director (left), Kwesi Awhoi, Food & Agric Minister (middle), Mr. Alex Tettey-Enyo, Education Minister (right)

The National Service Secretariat (NSS) is to supply over 3,000 bags of its recently harvested maize to the Ashanti Regional branch of Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) to feed students in the region.

According to CHASS, the association was ready to comply with terms the management of the NSS would put out.

In a letter dated November 30, this year, and signed by the Chairman, Mr. Anthony Appiah and captioned, “Supply of maize,” said CHASS needed 3,000 bags out of over 4,200 bags of maize harvested by the NSS to feed the students, and pledged the support of its members for the deal.

“I am writing on behalf of CHASS in the Ashanti Region for the supply of 3,000 bags produced by the Service at Ejura.”
Mr. Appiah continued, “I fully pledge on behalf of my members to go by all the terms that the outfit would put forward.”

Mr. Vincent Kuagbenu, NSS Executive Director, confirmed receipt of the letter, and indicated his outfit’s readiness to supply CHASS with the maize.

According to him, the main purposes of the NSS going into farming, and to plant maize among others, was to help produce enough by national service personnel to feed students and the population at large. To him, the request by CHASS was not out of place at all.

“The request was not out of place at all. We consider it as recognition, and we shall comply with that. Indeed, that is the main purpose of the NSS going into farming to help produce to feed school children.”

Mr. Kuagbenu further hinted that his outfit would be expanding its farming venture, by going into livestock farming, which is scheduled to take off next year.

According to him, the scope of farming was being extended to Komenda in the Central Region, Anyibah in the Eastern Region, and Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The NSS, under the new Executive Director, has vigorously embarked upon further innovations as far as the scheme was concerned. It has placed agriculture on its pedestal, and acquired a number of lands for cultivation.

The scheme harvested maize at Ejura in the Ashanti Region a couple of weeks ago, with others at Haatso in the Greater Accra Region. The activities of the NSS have been lauded by various ministers. During the Farmers’ Day celebration last week, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi, minced no words in lauding the scheme, for helping to boost the agriculture sector, which he underscored, would help the economy.

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