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Construction of the Government’s One District, One Warehouses ( 1D 1W), in the Bono East region are 86 per cent completed, according to the Department of Agriculture in the region.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (MEO), of the Bono East Regional Department of Agriculture, Mr Bawa Amidu in an interview with Journalists in Techiman, said the facilities would be ready for use soon.
Mr Amidu noted that the region, had four green warehouses under the 1D 1W policy of the government, which was aimed at eliminating post harvest loses of grains and cereals especially rice and maize.
The facilities, according to the MEO, were situated at Busunya in the Nkoransa North district, Jema in the Kintampo South district, Donkronkwanta in the Nkoransa South Municipality and Kwame -Danso in the Sene West district.
” The warehouses, which have storage capacity of 1000 metric tonnes, for the storage of non – perishable food crops, were started in 1st August, 2018 under different contractors” he told reporters.
Mr Amidu indicated that the facility at Busunya was 70 per cent completed, Jema is 75 per cent, and Kwame – Danso at 100 per cent saying that Donkronkwanta warehouse was progressing steadily.
The MEO said the uncompleted facilities were left with few finishing works by the various contractors adding ” we hope the facilities will be completed on schedule”.
Mr Amidu further told reporters that, the warehouses would help to improve the quality of cereals, ensure an all – year – round food security in the region and ensuring availability of quality seeds for future production.
He said the facilities when completed, would be handed over to the various district assemblies in consultation with the various farmer – based groups, for the commercial usage of them.
“The warehouses will be under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture and the various district assemblies. We will ensure they are routinely maintained in order to last long” he noted.
Mr Amidu said the facilities have enough spaces for trucks and were located near farms and market centres in the region saying that the safety of patrons of the warehouses are assured.
He advised residents of the region, especially farmers and traders to strictly comply to the preventive protocols of COVID – 19 in all places.