President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday, August 13, 2020, commissioned some 75 greenhouses and an entrepreneurship centre at Dawhenya in the Greater Accra region.
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According to the President, the project is supposed to boost local vegetable farming in Ghana.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Akufo-Addo said the greenhouse program is a key step in modernizing agriculture in the country.
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He added that the economic benefits of the project and the entrepreneurial talents that will be developed at the Centre will go a long way in supporting the job creation efforts of government.
“… if more irrigation, smart business, and trade policies and a dynamic private business sector are harnessed to work side by side with government and link farmers with consumers in an increasingly urbanized Africa,” President Akufo-Addo said in his address.
He also noted that the greenhouse technology means that, the reliance on favorable weather conditions and on particular seasons for vegetable farming will now be a thing of the past.
President Akufo-Addo said cultivating vegetables in a greenhouse has many advantages including;
“It allows the farmer to plant under normal conditions, it ensure good development of crops and it guarantees decent prices,” the President noted.
“The 75 greenhouses here at Dawhenya, can produce four thousand, five hundred (4,500) tonnes of tomatoes annually, bringing the yearly revenue of some eleven million Cedis (GHC 11,000, 000.00) and employing a total of two hundred and thirty (230) people,” President Akufo-Addo stated.
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The Greenhouse Project is the biggest greenhouse estate in West Africa located at Dawhenya in the Greater Accra Region.
The project has huge economic benefits to the nation and it is in line with the President’s vision of creating jobs and reducing unemployment.
Agricultural modernization such as the creation of the 75 greenhouses can improve livelihoods and import substitution in the country.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama introduced his running mate, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang to the Christian Council on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
At the event, the former president charged that clergy to take action against what he described as politicization of state institutions by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
He noted that the country cannot sit all of as the country “slips towards decadence”.
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