Real estate development, sand gain affecting agriculture in the municipality of Ga Sud – MCE
The widespread destruction of farmland by real estate developers and sand miners in the Municipality of Ga South has been of great concern to the Ga South Municipal Assembly.
Farmers in the municipality have lost several plots of agricultural land with crops without compensation from real estate developers.
The Director General of the Municipality of Ga Sud, Mr. Joseph Stephen Nyarni, announced this during the 37e Celebration of Farmers’ Day with the theme: “Planting for Food and Jobs, Strengthening Food Systems in Ghana” at Kweku Panfo, Ga Sud Municipality.
The best farmer in the municipality went to Mrs. Rose Ashami Aryee, 47 years old from Danchira.
A total of seven farmers received items including mattresses, tricycles, televisions, agrochemicals, wellington boots, wheelbarrows and cutlasses. Backpack sprayers, freezers, rice and vegetable oils.
Mr Nyarni pleaded with the chiefs and elders of Domeabra and Obom to support the Assembly in its quest to stop the increase in illegal sand mining which had the potential to erode the investment the government had. made in agriculture.
He said the theme of the program was appropriate given the huge investment the government, led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has made in agriculture.
He said the Assembly would support the Agriculture Ministry in the coming years by setting up basic processing facilities to help add value to their agricultural products to promote local economic development.
Mr. Nyarni said it was important that the agricultural land in the municipality be preserved.
The MCE begged the residents of the municipality to show their interest in full-time or part-time farming, in order to create jobs.
In her welcoming speech, Ms. Dorinda Akpene Agar, Ga South Municipal Director of Agriculture, said the ceremony aimed to recognize, appreciate and honor farmers and fishermen for their dedication and hard work.
She said the Assembly’s Agriculture Department had plans to scale up animal husbandry, vertical and container farming as well as fish farming and urged farmers to embrace new food system technologies for markets. domestic and export.
Ms Agar said the department will soon launch a satellite market in the surrounding area to reduce post-harvest losses and high transportation costs.