‘Ghana needs agric entrepreneurs’

MRS MARIETTA BREW APPIAH-OPPONG, MINISTER OF JUSTICE &ATTORNEY GENERAL (6)A-GThe 2014 National Best Farmer, George Asamoah Amankwah, has urged government to do more to promote agricultural entrepreneurship to enhance the marketing of farm produce.

According to him, most of government’s agricultural intervention were targeted at increased production while very little was being done to ensure ready market for farmers to earn more income.

Speaking at a breakfast meeting here with stakeholders in agriculture, Mr. Amankwah noted that, post-harvest losses, over the years, had been the bane of agriculture, hence his call.

It was to canvas the pressing need for the meeting to discuss the formation of a national federated farmer organisation to engage with all stakeholders to enhance farmer livelihood and boost agricultural productivity.

While urging the youth to go into farming, Mr. Amankwah said passion and love were what one needed to venture into whatever business or profession.

“I told myself, one day I will be a model farmer and now, here I am. You do not need gold to go into farming,” he said.

Dr. Cyril Quist, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), stressed the need for capacity building in new areas of agricultural value chain such as warehouse operation and management, park house operation and management, silo operation and management and operation of various agricultural machinery.

He said a lot still remained to be done by research to provide appropriate solution to production, processing and storage among others, as well as introduction of appropriate machinery and equipment in order to reduce the drudgery in agriculture in the country.

The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Justice Samuel Adjei said government was making various interventions to make agriculture a lucrative, attractive and rewarding business whilst boosting productivity.

Those interventions, he said were also to encourage Ghanaians, especially the youth, to see agriculture as a gainful employment avenue where opportunities and potential could be maximised for the socio-economic development of the nation.

From: Daniel Dzirasah, Sunyani

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