The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) in the Western Region, under the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) Programme would establish an oil palm and coconut seedlings plantation to be supplied to interested farmers free of charge.
In this regard, a farmer registration exercise was on-going and the Department of Agriculture had so far registered 1,832 farmers made up of 1,228 males and 609 females in the Metropolis.
The Planting for Export and Rural Development is another flagship programme of the government, introduced to complement the Planting for Food and Jobs programme. It targets tree crops and cash crops.
Mr Anthony K.K. Sam, Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of STMA, who made this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sekondi, said the assembly has taken full advantage of the programme to improve the quality of life of the populace.
Commenting on the Planting for Food and Jobs, the MCE said the Department of Agriculture received 40 subsidized coupons of NPK fertilizer and 18 coupons for Urea, which translated into 2,000 bags and 900 bags of NPK and Urea respectively.
He said the programme was on-going and called on the general public to contact the Department of Agriculture for further information and take full advantage of the programme.
He announced that the Department of Agriculture was embarking on an anti-rabies campaign in the Metropolis and as such, had taken delivery of 300 vaccines of anti-rabies to be distributed to endemic areas.
Mr Sam explained that the Department would focus on the most endemic areas such as New Takoradi and Kojokrom and later extended to other communities within the Metropolis and beyond.
He said the vaccines were free and called on the Assembly Members for the two electoral areas to encourage the people to send their pets for vaccination when the Veterinary Officers visit their communities.