Govt Inaugurates 646.25 Km Of Feeder Roads

The government, through the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP), has constructed 646.25 kilometres of feeder roads across 345 communities in 32 districts in the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo, and parts of the Volta regions.

Some of the beneficiary districts are West Mamprusi, Pru, Kintampo North, Kintampo South and the Savelugu/Nanton Municipality (S/NM).

The roads, which were constructed at a total cost of GHc37, 647,568.52, linked crop production sites to market centres, amongst other communities, as a means of supporting the agricultural value chain activities to reduce poverty.

The NRGP is being implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture with funding from the Government, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the International Fund for Agriculture Development, to achieve sustainable agriculture and rural livelihoods and food security for the rural poor in Northern Ghana.

Dr Alhassan Ahmed Yakubu, a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, assisted by some chiefs from the S/NM, inaugurated the roads and handed them over to the Department of Feeder Roads at Kukobilla, in the Municipality, on Friday.

Dr Yakubu said, “These roads are serving over 248,000 direct community members and benefiting over 500,000 indirect beneficiaries, including input dealers, marketers amongst others.”

He said the roads, coupled with improved access to inputs and markets, had started yielding results, explaining that, “Farmers’ productivity have increased from as low as 0.8 metric tonnes per hectare to 3.5 metric tonnes per hectare for maize in some areas.”

He said besides agricultural benefits, the roads also came with other social benefits as the communities now had access to amenities such as schools and hospitals.

He thanked the development partners, including the AfDB, for financing the construction of the roads.

Mr Abdulai Alhassan Red, the S/NM Municipal Chief Executive, emphasised that the roads would boost agricultural production to improve the livelihoods of the people in the Municipality.

Mr Felix Darimani, the Acting Coordinator of the NRGP said NRGP, was also constructing warehouses in the communities to help store food crops, including vegetables for transportation to other parts of the country.

Alhaji Abukari Mahama, the Chief of Dinga, who chaired the ceremony, expressed appreciation to the Government and its partners for constructing the roads, which he said, were dear to the hearts of the people.

Source: GNA


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