Okatakyie Kusi Amoyaw, chief of Aseseeso in the Eastern Region, launched a “Big Goat” research centre, aimed at improving goat and sheep breeding in the town, to expand the economic base of the people.
The event took place during the celebration of the annual Odwira festival of the chiefs and people of Aseseeso, at the weekend.
Okatakyie Amoyaw said the Goat Research Centre of the Prairie View AXM University, USA, and the Animal Research Centre, Ghana, were assisting in establishing the project.
He said the project, which would initially involve farmers in Aseseeso and Akuapem in general was expected to increase the income of the people and improve their standards of living.
The chief said the town was not endowed with natural resources and that the only vocation left for them was farming.
Mr Ofosu Asamoah, Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, in a speech read on his behalf, commended the people for their self-help spirit.
He said government had created the enabling environment for development and was committed to supporting communities that would initiate their own projects.
Mr Asamoah also praised the people for promoting peace and unity and called on other communities to emulate the gesture.