Ghana is luckier than many countries. The first installment of the Millennium Challenge Account has been paid. There has been some doubt about these funds ever reaching the intended countries. The US has deposited $50 million with the Millennium Development Authority. The money came through on Wednesday March 7th following the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
There was one promising statement according to the account in the Daily Graphic.
Mr John Danilovich, a member of the delegation which represented the US . . . made it clear that the USA had not asked Ghana or any other country in West Africa to build a military base.
I would not count on the truth of this, but it is certainly promising.
The money may bring more opportunities for exporting produce. Transporting and shipping produce requires refrigeration.
. . . part of the money will be used to construct a Pack House at the Kotoka International Airport to be equipped with refrigerators for the storage of fresh horticultural products.
The money is to be used to develop agriculture throughout Ghana.
The MCA intervention districts within the three zones include Savelugu Nanton, Tolon Kumbungu, Tamale, West Mamprusi and Karaga, for the Northern Agricultural Area.
Others are Ejura Sekyedumasi, Kwahu South, Fanteakwa, Afram Plains, Sekyere East and Sekyere West for the Afram Basin.
The rest are Gomoa East, Awutu-Efutu-Senya, Akuapim South, Manya Krobo, Dangme West, Yilo Krobo, North Dayi, Hohoe, Ketu, Keta, South Tongu and Akatsi, for the Southern Horticulture Area.
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The fine details of the compact indicate that the sum of $547 million will be used to modernise agriculture, provide transportation and deliver rural development services and facilities.
It is expected that the various community services focused on education, water and sanitation will improve the quality of life of women, who make up 70 per cent of agricultural workers.
The youth, who make up the majority of the Ghanaian society, will also benefit from education and agribusiness development to improve job opportunities for them.
The MCA fund will also be channelled into 950 km of feeder roads and 240 km of trunk roads to link farms to markets and the improvement of the National Highway, the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange to Mallam Road, to link farms to the ports.
Two new ferries with safety facilities and education to improve transportation in the Afram Basin will also be provided, while infrastructure, such as pack houses, storage and cooling facilities to reduce post harvest losses and improve incomes, have been incorporated.