Five Out of the fifteen municipal and district assemblies in the Upper East Region have been earmarked to benefit from the pilot phase of government’s flagship programme, ‘Rearing for Food and Jobs’.
These assemblies include, Kassena-Nankana West District, Kassena-Nankana Municipal, Bongo District, Bawku West District and Nabdam District.
The 5-year programme will develop a competitive and efficient livestock industry that will increase domestic production of meat and meat products, reduce importation of livestock products and also provide employment.
Speaking on A1 Radio, Upper East Regional Director of the Department of Food and Agriculture, Francis Ennor, expressed optimism that the programme will contribute to revamping the defunct Zuarungu Meat Factory.
“The ultimate aim is that, we will get an investor who will come and operate the meat factory in the region. So, we are projecting that by the end of the period, we will get a lot of animals within the 5 regions of the North and neighboring countries for slaughtering at the factory”, he said.
He laid fears of possible outbreak of diseases on the animals saying “the veterinary aspect is very well strengthened”
Mr. Ennor admonished the youth, women and organized groups to get registered in order to benefit from the programme.