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Ahafo Farmers to secure fertilisers in abundance – Minister assures

The Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr. George Boakye has assured that the Integrated Recycling and Composting Plant (IRECOP) being constructed in the region by waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited will provide enough fertilizer for the region.

According to him, the region is a food basket of the country and the siting of the project in the region would make the region a hub of massive food production.

He made the statement on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Goaso in the Ahafo Region when four Parliamentary Select Committees, on  Local Government and Rural Development, Environment Science and Technology, Finance as well as  Works and Housing who were on a working visit to inspect works on the IRECOP project in the region.

“Ahafo is a farming community and we rely on Accra and Kumasi for fertiliser but with this project,  fertilisers will be in abundance and will boost food production in the region” he emphasized.

The former lawmaker also indicated that apart from the agricultural benefits that the region stands to benefit from the project, the project will also create direct and indirect jobs for the teeming youth in the area.

The Regional Minister, therefore, appealed to the contractor to speed up with the work adding that “this project is very dear to my heart and that of the region”.

The Chairman of the Select Committee on Local Government, Mr. Emmanuel Gyamfi, who doubles as the leader of the delegation thanked the regional minister for the warm reception and expressed his optimism that the next time they visit the co-ordinating council, they would be received in the new office complex of the council which he said is 90% complete.

The Ahafo Region is one of the new regions created and its co-ordinating council currently operates in a makeshift office complex hence the statement by the leader of the delegation.

He later visited the project site where two members of the Select Committees, Hon. Ibrahim Banda, and Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah praised Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the project and expressed the need for government to support the company.

“We as a Committee think it is the best thing to happen to this country so the government will support them”, Hon. Ahenkorah said.

On his part, the Ahafo  Regional Manager for Zoomlion, Edward Zigah disclosed that the project, consisting of recycling, landfill, medical waste, and residual waste management, when completed will process 289 tons of daily waste within the Asutifi North, Asutifi South Districts, and the adjoining communities.

He assured that the project will be completed in July, adding that electricity has been connected to the site “ now what is left is the Steel from  SIVOCO for the structural works”.

By: Ernestina Afake | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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