The National Service Scheme, (NSS) says it is changing focus from “Mobilisation for Deployment” to “Deployment for Employment” and has acquired 20,000 acres of land for commercial farming.
The land which is located in the Kumawu area of the Ashanti Region is known as the Kumawu Youth Farm, and will start with the cultivation of maize, rice and soya this year.
This adds to the already 14 farms across the country owned by the NSS where it cultivates mainly maize.
“This is going to be our biggest farming enclave, one of an end-to-end nature, which starts from production to processing in the long term,” The Executive Director of the NSS, Osei Assibey Antwi told Daily Graphic.
According to Mr. Antwi, the move, which is his own initiative, seeks to provide the enabling environment for all personnel to acquire the relevant skills that could meet industrial demand.
He explained that under the initiative, young graduates are expected to embrace entrepreneurship by identifying viable areas of the economy where they could explore their potentials.
Some of the initiatives under the new strategic direction are the Job Platform, SME Accounting Aid Programme, Teaching Programme, IT Solution Programme, Communication Project, and the Youth in Housing Project.
Mr Antwi said currently the NSS was in discussions with agencies, including the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the MasterCard Foundation, which had expressed interest in making funds available for the cultivation of the land.