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24.07.2004 Regional News

DCE commends Minister of Food and Agriculture

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Twifo Praso (C/R), July 24, GNA - Mr. Abraham Dwumo Odum, District Chief Executive for Twifo-Hemang-Lower-Denkyira, has commended Major (rtd) Courage Quashigah, Minister of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), for his innovative ideas.

He said policies and programmes introduced by the Minister have brought improvement in all fronts of the sector.

Mr. Dwumo-Odum was speaking at a workshop on the District Development Plan on Agriculture at Twifo Praso on Thursday, organised MOFA with support from the German Government.

More than 100 participants at the workshop included representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations, farmers, staff of District Assembly and traders.

Also present were officials of financial institutions, researchers, transporters and staff of MOFA.

He said the recent increase in cocoa production coupled with the interest of the youth to go into Agriculture are the result of the good policies introduced by the Minister.

The DCE pointed out that the District Agriculture Development Plan would empower stakeholders in the district to plan, manage and control post harvest losses to improve the lot of the people.

Mr. Odum called on the participants to ensure that the programme covered all parts of the district and not the capital alone.

Mr. Justin Ankah , Deputy Director of Ministry of Food and Agriculture, said the workshop was to identify the problems of stakeholders in the sector for solution.

He said it was also to address difficulties in marketing farm produce and getting assistance from financial institutions. 24 Jul 04

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