Gov’t to open tractor station in Afram Plains – Mahama
Government is to establish a tractor service station in the Kwahu Afram Plains to offer tractor and other agricultural mechanisation services to farmers.
The station is expected to rent out tractors and other agricultural machinery to farmers who cannot buy the facility to enable them mechanise their agricultural activities.
This was announced by President John Dramani Mahama when he inaugurated the pontoon MV Dame and water taxi MV Akpini at Agodeke in the Kwahu Afram Plains North as part of activities to end his three days’ accounting to the people tour of the Eastern Region.
The pontoon replaces the one that plies Agodeke in the Kwahu Afram Plains North and Kpandu Tokor in the Volta Region which broke down about 10 years ago.
The water taxi is expected to be used to transport people from the Afram Plains to Anto Aborma, a resettlement community.
President Mahama said two more water taxis would be introduced to the area later to help farmers in the area to cross the Volta River easily.
The President said, the two pontoons, which were used to transport vehicles and passengers across the Volta River at Senkyi when the Adomi Bridge was under repairs would be relocated to Yeji and Dambai.
He explained that the provision of the pontoons and water taxis to people in the Afram Plains and other areas are aimed at facilitating the transportation of their produce to the marketing centres.
The President and his entourage undertook a two- hour voyage on the pontoon across the Volta River from Agodeke to Kpandu Torkor.
Earlier, the President inspected the construction of a modern hospital at Abetifi, the Kotosu Water Project expansion, which aimed at improving water supply to the towns and communities on the Kwahu Ridge.
At Abetifi, the Acting Omanhene of the Kwahu; Nana Asiedu Agyemang III, appealed to the President and all other political parties in the country to ensure peaceful campaigns devoid of insults and personal attacks.
He thanked the government for the number of projects that have been extended to the Kwahu area and appealed for the early completion of the rehabilitation of the Nkawkaw –Atibie road.
The Acting Omanhene asked for the improvement of the road leading to the take off point of the paragliding site.
He said government must also find permanent solution to the feud between Fulani herdsmen and crop farmers in the Kwahu Afram Plains.