Agrihouse foundation, a non-governmental agricultural capacity building, innovation and project management organization, has been allocated plots of land for the construction of an agricultural training and demonstration center in Tamale, the Northern regional capital.
The land allocated by the Bamvum Lana, Chief Mahamadu Abdulai is to help train more youth on entrepreneurial skills as well as whip the interest of the youth to venture into agriculture to grow the sector.
This came to light when staff of Agrihouse Foundation paid a courtesy call on Bamvum Lana Mahamadu Abdulai at his palace to show appreciation for honouring the invitation to grace pre-harvest event held in Tamale and also for the release of the land for the execution of the project.
The chief of Bamvum commended the organisation for their contributions towards the growth of the economy in the region and that it was ready to assist with the acres of land needed to achieve the set goals. According to him, the land when developed would bring development that would curb poverty in the area and that the burden of farmers would be curtailed.
He noted that the region has lots of agricultural potentials that when well tapped could bring jobs to the people that would also reduce the pressure on the government to get the youth jobs. “As traditional leaders, we have been supporting other institutions with lands for their project to benefit the region as a whole,” he said.
Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, thanked the chief and the people of Bamvum for their swift response to the request made for the allocation of the land for development projects to enhance economic activities in the region.
She noted that the organisation has been training farmers and the youth on capacity building and one of the challenges confronted in the execution of the programme is lack of permanent venue hence the request for the support of the land for the project.
“We thought as an event grounded in the Northern region for 10 years that seeks to develop and empower farmers as well links farmers to the market and investors to appreciate the agricultural value chain, the cycle and the opportunities, we believe it is time to also scale up. Also the Northern Region is vastly developing and therefore the need to initiate programmes that would help the women and the youth to alleviate poverty,” she said.
According to her, the organisation trains farmers, youth and women as well support them to scale up their agribusinesses adding that it is being done through conferences, practical sections and efficiency.