04.09.2006 Social News

Offinso Releases Land For Youth In Agriculture Programme

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The Offinso Traditional Council (OTC) in the Ashanti Region, has released nearly 300 hectares of land to the Offinso District Assembly to support the government's Youth in Agriculture Programme in the District. The lands are located at Afrancho, Akomadan and Daaso.

Mr A C Ntim, Offinso District Chief Executive, who made this known, said 300 youth were expected to be employed as farm hands in an oil palm plantation, which would serve as a source of raw material for the proposed Offinso Oil Mill Project. He was speaking at the last meeting of the Assembly at Offinso last Thursday.

Mr Ntim said the DCE/MP Special Initiative on Cocoa, Oil Palm and Citrus, which was embarked upon by the Assembly was bearing fruitful results. He said 800,000 cocoa, 100,000 oil palm and over 50,000 citrus seedlings had been raised from 16 seed banks established in the District.

The DCE said the cocoa seedlings had been allocated and planted in the farms of 400 beneficiary farmers across the District, while the oil palm and citrus seedlings were yet to be distributed to 1,600 interested farmers. He said 3,000 persons were temporarily employed under the project.

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