President John Dramani Mahama has announced a $450m package for the rehabilitation of roads in cocoa-growing areas in the country.
The amount, which will be released in three installments of $150m dollars annually, would be used to finance selected roads in the Ashanti, Western, Eastern and Brong-Ahafo Regions, under the Cocoa Roads Rehabilitation Project being funded through the Ghana COCOBOD.
President Mahama made the announcement at a grand durbar to climax the Dormaa Kwafie Festival and the 15th joint anniversary celebration of the enstoolment of Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu the Second, and Odeneho Akosua Fima Dwabeng the Second, as Paramount Chief and Queen respectively of the Dormaa Traditional Area, at Dormaa-Ahenkro.
The Kwafie biennial festival was last celebrated by the chiefs and people of Dormaa in 2002.
The event was themed “Anniversary of Peace, Development and Distinguished Leadership”.
President Mahama assured residents that the Dormaa Traditional Area would be included in the project, adding that soon the five-kilometre Dormaa-Ahenkro township roads would be upgraded, while Dormaa-Ahenkro-Nkrankwanta, Dormaa-Ahenkro-Kwame Asua and other Feeder Roads, would all be incorporated.
On poultry industry in the area, the President said through the Export Development and Agricultural Investment Fund (EDAIF), poultry farmers would be assisted financially to grow their businesses, adding that government would also meet the Minister of Food and Agriculture to consider building a Municipal Veterinary Office with the equipment required to enhance Veterinary Services.