$25M RELEASED TO SADA
Ms Hannah Tetteh Minister of Trade and Industry says H.E Professor John Atta Mills, the President, has ordered the Ministry of Finance to release $25 million to the Savannah (SADA), to carry out its development program.
She explains that the $3-million program was aimed at supporting more than 6,000 farm households, which were adversely affected by the floods of 2010.
Ms Tetteh made this announcement at Nadom-Kogle, during the launch of the national SADA post-flood rehabilitation and farmers support program, stating that development partners have also pledged their support for the program with $100 million.
She said that a housing rehabilitation program will be designed and implemented through collaboration among the National Board for Small-Scale Industries, the Department of Rural Housing and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Ms. Tetteh mentioned that SADA, through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, will provide extension services and training for the farmers to undertake their farming in a manner that will ensure reasonable yields.
Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor, the Minister of the Interior, on his part described SADA as the best initiative that will transform the lives of the people in the North.
In October 2010 the office of the Vice-President, in collaboration with SD, NADMO, the UNDP and the World Food Program (WFP), responded to the flood situation in the north by providing emergency food and material assistance for about 25,000 people affected by the floods.
The basic support package include a fertilizer allocation to help farmers cultivate at least two acres per family plus improved maize seeds for cropping this farming season.