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Regional News of Thursday, 28 April 2005

Source: GNA

EU to support 700 million cedis water project in Central Region

Nyamedom (C/R), April 28, GNA- The European Union, has committed 700 million cedis towards a water project for Asuansi and Nyamedom communities in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District of the Central Region.

The beneficiary communities have raised seven million out of the 100 million cedis they are expected to contribute for the commencement of the project in May.

The District Coordinating Director, Mr Fred Addae announced this at the end of a training workshop for 400 cassava farmers, who are expected to provide the raw material for a proposed industrial starch factory to be sited at Nyamedom.

The factory slated for July and to be known as the Tropical Starch Company, is being established under the government's Rural Enterprises Development Programme.

The farmers were exposed to topics like: "Communication, Management and Leadership Skills" and "Entrepreneurship" at the workshop, which was organized by the Central Region Development Commission (CEDECOM). Mr Addae asked the beneficiary communities to mobilise the rest of the money for the water project in the spirit of self-help. He said the District Assembly would enact a bye-law to impose fines on parents whose children are found roaming the streets or engaged in child labour during school hours.

The Head of the Investment Promotion and Enterprises Development Unit of CEDECOM, Mr Spencer Taylor, said the workshop was aimed at motivating the farmers to see themselves as an integral part of the project to ensure its success.

He said 1,000 cassava farmers were expected to undergo training for the project. He said investors forum, would be organized in June, to mobilise funds for the project.

Mr John Afful, Spokesman for the farmers pledged their commitment towards the successful implementation of the project.