President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has inaugurated two warehouses in Ejura in the Ashanti Region as part of his tour of the Region, ABC News can report.
The purpose of these warehouses, the President said, would be to handle produce, as well as, to store the surpluses under the “Planting for Food and Jobs” campaign.
It will be recalled that on October 18, 2017, the President cut the sod to mark the beginning of the implementation of the 1-District-1-Warehouse initiative.
The project, under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), is supervised by the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives with funding from the $1 million per constituency allocation.
Inaugurating the first two warehouses yesterday, President Akufo-Addo reiterated the commitment of his government to accelerate the construction of the warehouses, and ensure that each of them is fitted with modern equipment, including drying or freezing systems.
“These warehouses will also be certified to enable them participate in the Warehouse Receipting System, being implemented under Ghana Commodities Exchange project. This system will promote financial inclusion of our smallholder farmers. The farmers will be able to deposit their farm produces in these warehouses, and use them to address their financial needs in various ways under the Warehouse Receipt System,” he added
Addressing the gathering, the Minister for Special Development Initiatives, Ms Mavis Hawa Koomson, gave assurance that the remaining 48 warehouses will be completed before the year ends to further boost government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme.