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Jun 7, 2011

NSS to harvest 10,000 mini bags of maize

Mr. Vincent Senam Kuagbenu, the Executive Director, of the National Service Scheme (NSS), says 10,000 mini bags of maize will soon be harvested on a 400-acre maize plantation at Komenda in the Central Region, under the National Service Farm Program.


According to him, an additional five-acre vegetable farm is also under cultivation, which will be supplied together with the maize to second-cycle institutions in the Central and Western regions after harvesting in August, this year.

 Mr. Kuagbenu disclosed this at Komenda when he conducted Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu and Mr. Kwesi Ahwo, Ministers of Education and Food and Agriculture, respectively, round the farm, adding that National Service personnel drawn from the Central and Western regions are currently working on the farms, together with other volunteers.

 He explained that the program, which commenced at Ejura in the Ashanti Region with the cultivation of 6,000 bags of maize for sale to schools, is being extended to the Eastern and Brong Ahafo regions and Dawuenya, Papao and Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region, whilst an additional 40 acres in Winneba and 60 acres at Awutu are being used for maize production.

 The Executive Director said the NSS has also introduced pig rearing, poultry farming and mango plantation into the program, with plans to add rabbit rearing as a way of expanding the scope of the program.

 He was optimistic that by the time the program was extended to cover the entire country, service personnel would have been engaged in their respective regional farms for the cultivation of various food crops.

 Mrs. Mould-Iddrisu urged the youth to take up farming as a profession and added that the supply of the farm produce to second-cycle institutions will help increase the food basket of those schools.

Source: ISD