General News

NSS plans to start a full-scale commercial farm on 20,000 acres in Kumawu.

The National Service Scheme (NSS) is looking into more innovative ways to eradicate hunger, guarantee long-term food security, and generate employment in agriculture.

The program’s goal is to cultivate industrial farms on 20,000 acres of land in Kumawu in the Sekyere District of the Ashanti Region.

Speaking to executives of the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) during their week-long celebration in Kumasi was Osei Assibey Antwi, executive director of the NSS.

He disclosed that the NSS presently has 14 farms throughout the nation where it primarily grows maize.

But the Kumawu Youth Farm will work with mixed crops and livestock.

According to Mr. Antwi, who spoke on the topic of “Deployment for Employment,” “the new strategic direction is the bedrock of the move to venture into full-scale commercial farming; at the moment, the NSS is in talks with agencies, including the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the MasterCard Foundation, who had expressed interest in making funds available for the cultivation of the land.”

All graduates with agribusiness backgrounds who are signed up for the National Service Scheme will have instant work at the farm, he continued.

Alex Opoku Mensah, the Ashanti Region Director for the Scheme, further urged all personnel to accept any postings with good fortune because they are a part of their national duty.

According to Mr. Opoku Mensah, the program places employees where their skills are needed, not where they desire to be.

“So, if you are posted to any location to work as NSS personnel the person must understand that it is part of the national assignment to give back to your country so the issue of reposting and other complaints on postings shouldn’t be cropping up although there is window of reposting for few categories of people such as persons with disabilities who cannot access their facilities within their working area.”

Touching on some successes chalked since his assumption in office as Ashanti regional director, Mr. Opoku Mensah explained that the scheme has used its internally generated funds to fence the regional secretariat to ward off intruders.

“To maximize security at the regional secretariat we have installed 24/7 CCTV to monitor operations within and around the office.”

The NSS regional director also wished the NASPA executives a successful week of celebrations and warned them—along with the entire staff throughout the 16 regions—to mark the occasion modestly to prevent any unfavorable outcomes.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this publication do not in anyway reflect the opinions of State News Ghana

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button