THE Nkoranza North District Assembly in the Brong Ahafo Region has decided to go into block farming annuallyto increase maize production as a measure of generating additional revenue to finance its development projects.
The move has become necessary as the district needs more revenue to undertake development projects to raise the quality of life of the people.
In this regard, the assembly is to acquire a 200-acre farmland to start the venture beginning from the next major farming season.
The District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Kwadwo Adjei–Dwomoh, made this known just after the assembly’s first ordinary meeting this year at Busunya, the district capital.
He stated that the assembly had already conducted a study on the economic and social benefits of the project which was carried out by a committee comprising the District Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), the District Agricultural Extension Officer, among others.
Mr Adjei-Dwomoh said the assembly would rely on its six tractors for the project and also provide the needed logistics.
He said apart from generating additional revenue to support the assembly’s development agenda, the project would also provide jobs for the unemployed youth in the area.
Mr Adjei-Dwomoh stated further that the assembly would also put to use the silos in the district to store the maize.
The DCE expressed concern about the limited sources of funds for the assembly and urged the assembly members to educate their people to honour their tax obligation to increase the assembly’s revenue generation.
He disclosed that the assembly was able to generate GH¢86,114.84 out of the estimated figure of GH¢98,951.79 last year, representing 87 per cent of the revenue.
He urged the assembly members to bury their political differences and forge ahead in unity to move the district forward.
Mr Adjei-Dwomoh stressed that since they were the pioneers of the district assembly, they were expected to work hard and bring remarkable changes in their communities.
He was grateful to them for confirming his nomination as the DCE and enjoined them to sustain the unity and co-operative spirit towards the development of the area.
The DCE announced that the national launch of this year’s greening Ghana project had been scheduled to take place at Yefri in the district on July 24, and therefore called on the assembly members to mobilise the opinion leaders in their communities to attend the programme and to make it a grand one.
The Presiding Member of the assembly, Mr Benjamin Adu–Darko, commended the members for attending the meeting in their numbers and to share views towards the development of the district.