Assembly members in the Akrofuom District have been challenged to lead Planting for Food and Jobs in the district.
In this regard, Government has resorted to give all the Assembly members in the district some farming inputs to enable them lead the advocacy for planting for Food and Jobs in their various electoral areas in the district.
Thus the Assembly members in the district will farming inputs such as fertilizers, weedicides, cutlasses and wellington boots to about 20,000 farmers in the district and they are expected to trumpet loudly the benefits of the policy in their respective electoral areas to make the vision a success in the district.
This came to light when the District Chief Executive, Hon. Dr. Maurice Jonas Woode addressed the Second Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly recently at Akrofuom.
He said as a result, each Assembly member is to receive one box of weedicide, one bag of fertilizer, one piece of cutlass and one pair of wellington boot for the first phase of the exercise and he expects the maximum cooperation of Assembly members in that regard.
Hon. Woode again revealed that the second phase of Planting for Food and Jobs Programme will focus on the private sector and it is aimed at ensuring food availability promoting food export, creation of jobs and food security and resilience.
He also revealed that the Assembly was able to raise an IGF of GH₵769,000.00 as against an annual budget figure of GH₵880,000.00 representing 87.45% as at May 2023 and stressed that there would be the need to review upward the revenue target of the Assembly during the mid-year.
Adding that efforts are underway to ensure that all revenue items which have not been covered and are showing negative on the Assembly’s Trial Balance are addressed.
Assembly members also discussed the Executive Committee Report presented by the DCE which contained programmes and projects the sub-committees of the Assembly had proposed to the Management of the Assembly to work on.
The meeting was chaired by the Presiding Member of the Assembly, Hon. Peter Amponsah and also in attendance included all the Assembly members and Heads of Departments/Units and Decentralised agencies in the district.