The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its Korean Counterpart in Accra for the enhancement of the Akomadan irrigation project in the Ashanti Region.
An amount of 2.173 million US dollars which is a grant, has been committed to the expansion project by the Korea Rural Community Co-operation Agency (KRCC) to ensure production of tomatoes in large scale to feed the Techiman Tomato Processing factory in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
Signing the Agreement, Mr. Yaw Effah-Baafi, Deputy Minister of Agriculture in-charge of Crops, said that the MoU was in line with the government’s commitment in revamping the agriculture sector by creating solid strategy for production, processing and marketing.
This, according to him, would alleviate the frustrations tomato farmers suffer during the harvesting period, as their produce easily get rotten.
The expansion work will begin by November, this year.
Mr. Effah-Baafi who is also the Member of Parliament of Kintampo South Constituency stated that KRCC would provide technical assistance to people who would be cultivating vegetables on the 100-hectre land.
The Director General of KRCC Mr. Lee Chang Beum was appreciative of the agreement and said that the project, when completed on time, would create employment for the youth in the area.
He commended the government for maintaining the cordial relationship between Ghana and Korea, and assured that KRCC would execute a satisfactory job to the best of its ability.