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26.10.2005 Regional News

Minister commends acting DCE of Yilo-Krobo

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Somanya (E/R), Oct 26, GNA - Mr Charles Bintim, the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, had commended the Yilo-Krobo District Assembly and Mr Christian Tettey, the Acting District Chief Executive (DCE), for cultivating 185 acres of exotic mangoes to raise eight billion cedis annually for the assembly.

Mr Bintim said such initiatives made the assemblies to develop the capacity to provide more development projects for the people. The Minister said this on Tuesday after inspecting the mango plantation at Somanya on the first of his two-day tour of the Eastern Region.

Mr Tettey said the farm was established to help improve upon the internally generated revenue situation of the assembly to enable it raise sufficient funds to honour its obligation to the people. He said another aim was to generate employment for the people and help reduce poverty.

Mr Tettey said talks were going on to establish a factory to process the mangoes produced in the area including those produced from Dodowa area and the Manya Krobo-District. He said the assembly was holding talks with some groups of private investors to take over the management of the farm.