NSS cultivates over 3,500 bags of maize at Komenda

maizeA total of 3,526 bags of maize were cultivated by the Central Regional branch of the National Service Secretariat (NSS) on its 415.5 acres of farm lands at Komenda, last year to complement government’s efforts at achieving food security in the country.

The Secretariat achieved this feat under the supervision of the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipal Agriculture Directorate, which supervised the project.

Mr. Isaac Kweku Sam, the Municipal Chief Executive for the KEEA Assembly made this known at the General Meeting of the Assembly on Wednesday and commended the NSS in the Municipality for their contribution towards Government’s effort in ensuring food security.

In the agricultural sector, he said the Assembly trained 2066 livestock farmers including 922 men whilst 4,029 crop farmers were also trained with 123 people also benefitting from the youth Employment Block Farm at Komenda and Antado.

He announced that the Ghana National Fire service in the Municipality recorded 68 fire outbreaks and related disasters last year and gave the breakdown as four vehicles, 48 bushfires, 11 domestic fire, one industrial fire and four road traffic accident fires.

He said since the statistics shows that bush fires were more, persons who prepare their farms for the impending farming season should be mindful of the associated disasters and ensure that any fire set is controlled.

On water, he said the Assembly had constructed five boreholes fitted with solar panels in five communities and another fifteen drilled last year in 13 communities, which would be fitted with hand pumps this year.

He noted that the rural electrification programme has been extended to about 13 communities, however due to the shortage of materials the rate of extension to other communities had been slowed down but assured that all materials required would soon be made available for the work to continue.

On education, he indicated that the assembly was embarking on the registration of all 50 privates schools in the municipality.

Nine schools are on the school feeding programme with a population of 5,302 pupils last year as against 5,138 in 2011, whilst under the Government’s one laptop per child programme Junior High Schools in the municipality received 720 rlg laptops.

He said, a number of developmental projects in various communities were at various stages of completion and they include the rehabilitation of 20 seater vault chamber toilet at Issah and Elmina.

He said there is also a furnished community library at Komenda, a completed three-unit classroom block for the M/A Primary School at Elmina and also the construction of six-unit classroom block at Abreshia, which is at lintel level among many other projects.

On the health performance of the assembly, Mr. Sam said the National Health Insurance Scheme recorded 199,523 members at the end of last year whilst renewals made were 38,271.

The Health Directorate organized a medical screening and health promotion at Dutch Komenda.

Source: GNA

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