"Greenhouse villages hold employment potential for unemployed Ghanese youth"

Ghana has been facing youth unemployment for more than a decade. Statistics have it that 12 percent of the youth are unemployed despite major investments by both the government and the private sector, writes Bagbara Tanko at graphic.com.gh.

The agricultural sector, however, is deemed to be the engine of growth and job creation because it has the highest potential among the gamut of enterprises in this part of the world. In this regard, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) is working to make agriculture attractive to the youth and create decent employment opportunities through the greenhouse village and capacity-building centers, especially in rural communities.

On January 29, 2020, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo inaugurated the Akumadan Greenhouse Village and capacity-building center in the Ashanti Region.

The greenhouse villages, located at Dawhenya in the Greater Accra Region, Akumadan in the Ashanti Region, and Bawjiase in the Central Region, have been designed to include training centers, greenhouse tunnels with automated drip irrigation facility, pack houses, cold storage, a maintenance yard, classrooms and dormitory accommodation for visiting resource persons; all laid out on a five-hectare plot.

Ghana stands to benefit immensely from the established greenhouse villages. The prospect of replacing imported vegetables with local vegetable produce gives great hope to the country.

Read the complete article at https://www.graphic.com.gh.

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