The national service Secretariat had said, it was aiming to cultivate 5, 000 acres of farmland at its Ejura farms in the Ashanti region to boost production.
This was part of efforts by the government to create jobs for the people of the town, initiate developmental agenda there and reduce import rate in the country.
The secretariat has already worked on over 400 acres which, the Executive Director, Mustapha Ussif said, it was a success compared to previous years.
On working visit to the farm on October 5, Mustapha Ussif expressed excitement on the progress made on the farms describing the “seasons as bumper harvest”.
He said the Scheme has strategically been supporting government’s Flagship program “Planting for Food and Jobs”.
NSS boss, Mustapha Ussif [In white polo shirt
“We have also collaborated with the National Buffer Stock to support the Free SHS,” he added.
According to him, they would continue to adopt the best farming practices and introduce technologies such as drone sprayer to help boost yields in subsequent years.
So far, yields from the farms had been packaged in branded NSS 50kg sacks and stored at the government warehouse on the farm.
Under the current management of NSS, the farms have been revamped entirely to recapture its lost glory.
Apart from the production of maize in larger quantities in Ejura and other parts of the county, the Secretariat has also been to raise about 22,000 birds from 2000 in addition to over 100 sheep and goats at the Nungua and Papao farms in Accra from last years.
The executive director said it gave him a good feeling to realise such an achievement within a short period.
Among those who visited the farm include; Deputy Executive Director Operations, Mr Kwaku Ohene Djan, Ashanti Regional Director, Mr Opoku Mensah, the Director of Public Relations, Mr David Prah and other staffs of the Scheme.
Meanwhile, the Secretariat was constructing fence well for the Ejura government hospital.
The Secretariat is currently constructing a fence wall for the Ejura Government Hospital had also promised to construct mechanised borehole for the Ejura government hospital as part of its social responsibility.