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SADA to review tractor services

BY: Arku Jasmine

Chief Executive of SADA, Alhaji Gilbert IddiThe Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) will make its tractor services available directly to beneficiaries from the next farming season, instead of the present system under which there are tractor service providers between SADA and the farmers.

This is expected to go a long way to boost agricultural production in the catchment areas of SADA.

In this regard, SADA is to hold discussions with district assemblies and civil society organisations to fashion modalities on how to identify the beneficiaries and distribute the tractors.

The Chief Executive of SADA, Alhaji Gilbert Iddi, announced this in Wa yesterday during an inter-ministerial meeting on the way forward for the authority.

The meeting was attended by the regional ministers of the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions, while the Brong Ahafo and Volta regions were represented by their deputy regional ministers.

Mr Iddi said four tractors would be allocated to beneficiaries in each of the 62 districts where SADA operated.

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“Although that is not much, we still believe that the four will make the necessary difference in agricultural production,” he added.

He said SADA would also roll out a sustainable housing initiative through the introduction of the hydrofoam technology, by which the youth, in collaboration with the district assemblies, would mobilise local resources to develop their entrepreneurial skills and undertake housing projects.

Mr Iddi said to do away with misrepresentation and negative perceptions, SADA had been interacting with civil society organisations to enable them to appreciate the work and challenges of SADA.

The Minister of State in charge of Development Authorities, Dr Mustapha Ahmed, attributed the delay in the implementation of some SADA initiatives to external factors and expressed the belief that in spite of that the future was very bright.

He said SADA had signed a number of memoranda of understanding with a number of organisations in order to scale up the development of agriculture in SADA operational areas.

He suggested that SADA could be involved in the Tamale and Wa airport projects to facilitate work on the two projects.

For his part, the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Ephraim Aveah Nsoh, thanked SADA for its intervention activities in the three northern regions and advised that it should take criticisms in good faith.

By George Folley/Daily Graphic/Ghana