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Ziope launches Agbleza festival | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

Ho, July 9, GNA – The
Ziope traditional area in the Agotime-Ziope District, has launched the seventh
edition of the Agbleza festival in Ho.

The festival is on the
theme, “Planting for Food and Jobs,” in support of government’s commitment to
the agriculture sector.

Togbui Lawluvi VI,
Paramout Chief of Ziope, said the tomato growing area needed a processing
factory under the government’s “One District One Factory” to open up the area.

He said the
traditional area was making land available for investors and appealed to
natives in the diaspora to grab the opportunity to grow the local economy.

Dr Archibald Yao
Letsa, the Volta Regional Minister, asked farmers to take advantage of
agricultural extension services and work together, share best practices, and to
be able to access support easily.

He said government
under its agricultural development policies was enhancing the sector with
extension services, improved methods, and “E-agriculture” among others.

Mr Charles Agbeve,
Member of Parliament for Agotime-Ziofe said armyworms had infested about 780
acres of maize farms, with torrential rains also destroying crops and
undermining government’s “Planting for Food and for Jobs” programme and called
for help.

Captain George Nfojo,
a former Member of Parliament for Ho said the practice of selling farm produce
only on market days incurred losses and asked that the days be extended, and
more markets and outlets made available.

The week-long festival
would be climaxed with a durbar on Saturday, September 2, and will feature an
agricultural symposium and exhibition, as well as cycling, and cooking
competitions among others.

Proceeds would be
invested into the construction of a nurses’ quarters.

GNA

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