Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has announced the Assembly is collaborating with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) to promote fish farming, livestock and home gardening within the Metropolis to create employment for the youth.
According to him urban agriculture does not only play an important role in food security but also create job opportunities for the youth.
The Mayor said this at the 34th Accra Metro Farmers Day celebration in Accra on Friday under the theme, "Agric, Moving Ghana beyond aid.
"My administration wants to pay more attention to fishing and livestock rearing in Accra because we have competitive advantage," he said.
He said the AMA was monitoring agricultural activities in the Metropolis to position itself in government programmes to ensure food security and safety to prevent diseases.
He urged the youth to take advantage of the planting for food and jobs programme to make a living.
Madam Margaret Mary Sumah, the Metropolitan Director of Food and Agriculture, said vaccination of animals and birds against diseases was ongoing in the communities.
She revealed that the second phase of the census of agriculture had commenced and enumerators are going round collating information on livestock, fish and vegetables, while there were MASLOC loans for livestock farmers and fishermen to enhance their businesses.
Madam Sumah said the Ministry of Food and Agriculture would continue to work closely with the AMA to provide technical support and advice services to farmers in Accra.
She advised market women not to place foodstuffs on the bare floor to sell so as to avoid contamination.
Mr. Emmanuel Pappoe, who was crowned the 2018 overall Best Farmer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), received a brand new motorbike, kettle, watering can, fungicide, insecticide, six mugs, wellington boots, cutlass and a cloth.
Mr. Pappoe, 61 had been in livestock rearing for 38 years. Other winners of awards were Mr Joseph Aryittey Aryee and Joseph Ocquaye, “Poli and Hook” fishermen, Mr. John Vanderpuiye and Amidu Salifu, livestock and crop farmers, Madam Theodora Dugah and Madam Debora Neequaye, best agro processor and fish processor, and Mr. Azumah Noah, best agricultural extension agent.They received deep-freezers each and other prizes.