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The Member of Parliament for the Jirapa Constituency of the Upper West Region, Dr Francis Dakura Bawaana, on Sunday, 18th August, 2019 launched a new policy dubbed “Jirapa Enterprise Fund for Agriculture” (JEFFA).

The Member of Parliament explained that the policy seeks to among other things, empower youth and women to venture into agriculture and agribusiness in an attempt to reduce the increasing rate of unemployment in the Jirapa Municipality.

Explaining the intent of the policy which was launched with a seed capital of one hundred thousand cedis (GH¢100,000.00), the philanthropic Member of Parliament mentioned that the youth and women will be supported to get credit/loan facilities, farm inputs, technical support and transport services to enable them create jobs for themselves through agriculture and its related businesses.

The program, according to the legislator, will be managed independently by Board of Directors and Zonal Coordinators constituted by the people themselves. This is to ensure transparency, better supervision, inclusiveness and bringing the program to the doorsteps of the people.

Dr. Bawaana reiterated his commitment to creating jobs in the Jirapa Constituency to improve and transform lives for development. He however admonished the people not to politicise the JEFFA program since it is a non partisan approach of propelling sustainable development in the Municipality.

Nine tricycles were distributed to the nine zones in the Jirapa Municipality. The tricycles are supposed to be used to assist the transport of farm inputs and products and also to help the zones make some small savings to help finance their activities.

Hon Francis Dakura later commissioned an office which will serve as a Secretariat for the program.

Speaking to some of the beneficiaries, they were very excited that they are being supported by their Member of Parliament to create jobs. “This is the first time of getting such support and I am happy that it is a reality. If we work very hard with this level of support, we can eradicate poverty in our area” a beneficiary indicated.

The euphoria at the program launch gave a signal that the policy is being endorsed by the youth, women and opinion leaders across the political divide in the constituency.