Agogo celebrates Golden Plantain Festival, Chief appointed Ambassador for PFJ

Minister for Agriculture; Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto speaking at the Golden Plantain Festival in Asante Akyem Agogo

Ghana’s Minister of Agriculture; Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has made the Omanhene of Agogo Traditional Area; Nana Akuoko Sarpong the Ambassador for government’s Planting for Food and Jobs. The minister showered praises on the Chiefs and people of Agogo for their ability to leverage agriculture for the wellbeing of the people of the area.

Addressing the maiden Golden Plantain festival over the weekend, the minister revealed that Agriculture is drastically reducing unemployment in Asante Akyem Agogo through the cultivation of plantain.

He revealed with excitement that not only have the authorities of the town succeeded in the cultivation of plantain on a large scale but have taken the initiative to acquire land in Burkina Faso where plantain from Agogo is sold at good profit and is in high demand.

Burkina Faso’s Ambassador to Ghana was present at the festival.

The minister promised to get machines for the production of plantain chips from Brazil to the Chiefs and people of Agogo to help support their gains in plantain production.

He personally donated an amount of GHC20 000.00 to support the Chiefs and people of Agogo.

Addressing the durbar, Agogomanhene; Nana Akuoku Sarpong explained the determination with which the festival came about. He said the people of Agogo have been planting Plantains for a long  time. The festival will help consolidate the gains made in Agriculture within Agogo. He was very excited about the contributions of the Minister for Agriculture to the development of agriculture in the country.

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