The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Wenchi in the Bono Region, Dr Kwakye Afriyie, has said plans are far advanced for the construction of an Agriculture City at Branam that will employ 40,000 youth.
Dr. Afriyie said this during the assembly’s Meet The Press series held at the Assembly’s Conference Hall at Wenchi.
According to him, Branam was one of the Agriculture Cities during former President Nkrumah’s era, where he established one of the major state farms in Ghana, but over the years the project is no more functioning because the over 100,000 hectares of government land was left unused.
He noted that as part of the President’s initiative, Planting for Export and Rural Development, the assembly plans to collaborate with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Youth Enterprise Authority (YEA) to revive the project and employ more youth.
Dr. Kwakye Afriyie said the youth would be recruited into this project, and each is expected to farm on 2.5 acres of land and be provided with seeds, farm machinery and equipment, extension service, secured markets, and the Buffer Stock and Commodity Exchange under the 1D1F.
He added that the youth will be paid GH¢150 each month, and at the end of the farming season they will sell their produce through the Buffer Stock. “Afterwards, they will calculate how much they have spent on each farmer and deduct it from the sales, then the remaining will be given back to the farmer,” he explained.
According to Dr Kwakye Afriyie, 40,000 youth will be given direct employment under the project, while others will benefit from indirect jobs, because “people will go there to sell food and other things, commercials drivers will also have their share.”