Ghana has received a US$6.18 million aid project from South Korea to boost agriculture in the country through the youth in Agriculture project.

The project with  the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) comes at a time when government has set an agenda to add more value to the Agricultural sector.

The US$6.18 million aid program is designed to cultivate some 5,200 agricultural, youth and female leaders by 2019, targeting 210 farmers' cooperatives in the country's northern areas, according to the agency headquartered in Seongnam, south of Seoul.

A ceremony to launch the project was held in the northern regional capital Tamale on Tuesday, with the South Korean ambassador to Ghana as well as KOICA and local officials on hand.

"We (KOICA) will be able to contribute to Ghana's rural and economic development via this project. We'll hand down our experiences and know-how (to the leaders)," KOICA executive Choi Sung-ho was cited as saying at the ceremony.

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) said Wednesday it has kicked off a project to foster thousands of agricultural leaders in Ghana in the coming years.

The aid agency has focused its activities in Ghana on rural development since 2011, when it began a three-year project in the rural town of Dawhenya.

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo early last year announced plans to modernize and change the fortunes of agriculture in his four year tenure.

Agriculture which used to be the mainstay of Ghana's economy has suffered a major down turn in the recent past recording below 4% of GDP in 2016.