The Agriculture Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday presented a three bedroom house worth GH¢100,000 to the 2008 National best farmer, Dr. Simon Saku.
The three bedroom house comprising a master bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen and store, washrooms and a garage, living room and dinning hall furniture, curtains, beds and mattresses was in fulfillment of a pledge made by the bank.
The three bedroom apartment was developed by the Medium Dwelling Company Limited, Estate Management and Developers.
Mr. Enoch Teye Mensah, the Minister for Employment and Social Welfare advised chiefs to realise land to people who are ready to use them for farming purposes.
He commended the bank for fulfilling their promise towards the Better Ghana agenda.
Mr Mensah stated that the lack of available land was one of the basic reasons for which the youth are not ready to go into farming.
The chairman of the Board of Directors of the bank, Mr. Ibrahim Adams, mentioned that over the years, ADB had been closely associated with the National Farmers Day celebration as the sponsor.
He noted that the primary constituency of the bank was made up of farmers and fishermen, to whom the ADB is committed not only through the social responsibility of supporting the Farmers Day celebration, but also the provision of the needed financial intermediation.
Mr. Adams said that the bank has committed itself to the doubling of it’s investment in the agriculture sector of the economy over the next two years.
According to him, the ADB as a result of a transformation now has a development finance unit dedicated to agricultural finance, working closely with a newly established strategic policy coordination unit, whose core mission is to make the bank highly efficient in agricultural policy leading for the development of agriculture and agro-based economic operations.
He said the bank will do all in its power to intensify its role in the fight against poverty in rural farming and fishing communities through the designing of appropriate financial intermediation programmes.
Mr. Arku-Korsah ,the Managing Director of the Estate developing company , after handing over the keys and documents of the house to Mr. Enoch Teye Mensah, expressed appreciation to ADB and the government for giving him the contract.
The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture called on Ghanaians to help the fishing and agricultural sector to produce more to feed the country and also export to generate income.
According to him, he hoped that the best fisherman will also be given a house as a price in the future.
He assured that the ministry will always deliver its promises and will always provide food for the country.
The Managing Director ADB, Mr. Stephen Kpordzih said the ADB has already delivered seven – three bedroom houses to the government as the first price for the National Best Farmer since 2001.
He said the 9th house for Mr. Davies Korboe, the 2009 National Best Farmer was yet to be constructed.
Dr. Saku expressed his appreciation to ADB and the government for the kind gesture.
He urged the younger generation to adopt Agriculture in order to sustain and increase food and security to the nation.