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General News of Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Source: Maxwell Okamafo Addo

Veep makes a stopover at Atta Mills Farm

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur over the weekend made a stopover at the Atta Mills Farm in Shama in the Komenda Eguafo District in the Central Region.

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur was on his way to Accra after he had participated in the two day forum on the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP) that was held in Takoradi, in the Western.

The two-day forum was organized by the Ministry of Employment and Labour in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance and its Social Partners.

He said the stop over was to see how work on the farm which he knew about was going on and also to motivate the workers as part of government's efforts to motivate local industries to explore avenues and opportunities to expand their production.

The Vice President commended the workers for the good job that they are doing in the area especially keeping the vision of late President Mills.

The Atta Mills farm owned by the late President Mills and his family which was established some years ago, currently has Sheep,Goats, a Piggery and cattle, they also have a fish farm which they produce on commercial quantity, a poultry farm, rearing of ducks and also a coconut and mango plantation.

Speaking to the press, Dr Cadman Mills, brother of the late President Mills who runs the farm stated that the farm is breaking even and is on the verge of expanding, so that they can continue to employ people in the area.

Dr Cadman Mills said the major challenges that they face currently is encroachment on the land and it is making it very difficult for them to expand; all attempts to stop them have proved futile, so they are currently using the court process to see how best they can solve the problem once and for all.

Currently, the farm engages more of the rural folks with a guaranteed income with the aim to help provide jobs for the youth and cut down on the country’s importation of goods that could be produced locally.