The District Director of Agriculture in the Wa West, Mr. Joseph Kambunabu, has heaped praises on the District Chief Executive, Hon Edward Sabo Laabiir, for his exploits in agriculture in the area. He said the works of Mr. Sabo Laabiir has significantly improved agricultural activities in the Wa west district.
According to Mr. Kambunabu, the DCE has been very instrumental in ensuring that many farmers in the district benefit from the government’s agricultural policies including the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) and the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) initiatives. He said beyond the flagship programmes, Hon Sabo Laabiir has also introduced initiatives to get the youth actively involved in farming.
“In 2018 farming season, the district through the DCE ploughed over 200 acres of farmland for maize production for youth groups in the district, and again facilitated the release of fertilizers and seeds for credit under Planting for Food and Jobs campaign.” Mr Kambunabu disclosed, adding that “this hardworking DCE through the Department of Agriculture this year again ploughed 120 acres of land for youth groups across the district”.
The Director of Agriculture and acting District Coordinating Director was speaking at a ceremony in Ga to distribute 600,000 cashew seedlings to about 3,000 farmers in the district.
The 600,000 cashew seedlings which are being distributed were raised by the Wa West district as part of the Planting for Export and Rural Development initiative of the government of Ghana. The district in 2018 and 2019 raised and distributed 580,000 seedlings to farmers. The target for 2020 according to the DCE was to raise one million cashew seedlings. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the district could only raise the 600,000 seedlings which are to be distributed to farmers in the district.
Speaking at the event, the Wa West DCE urged the youth to take agriculture serious as it is the surest way to making ends meet. He said but for farming, he would not have been where he is. Mr. Sabo laabiir noted that he is DCE today because of farming as he educated himself through the proceeds from his farming activities. He therefore challenged the youth who are beneficiaries of the PERD project and other agricultural initiatives by the government and the district to make good use of the support.