Ghana secures credit facility from India and Brazil

The governments of India and Brazil are supporting Ghana with $220 million credit facility to procure tractors and other agricultural machinery to boost food production in the country.

 

This would also facilitate the government quest to modernise agriculture through the establishment of Agricultural Mechanisation Centres (AMCs) across the various districts in the country.

 

The Minister of Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto who disclosed this noted that the AMCs would enable small holder farmers to access agricultural machineries to expand and increase agricultural production in the country.

 

He was speaking during a meeting with some farmer groups at Wamfie in the Dormaa East District of the Brong-Ahafo Region yesterday as part of a two-day working visit in the region.

 

The Minister who was accompanied by his Deputy George Oduro among other MOFA Officials was to interact with the farmers to know their problems as well as explain government intervention to boost agricultural in the country.

 

Touching on other issues Dr Akoto noted that the government was going to support the production of soya beans and maize to enable the poultry industry in the country to thrive.

 

Nana Adjei Damoah, Brong Ahafo Chief Farmer appealed to the Minister to help the farmers get standardise price for their produce such as maize, plantain and cassava which according to him are experiencing price fluctuation at the detriment of poor farmers.

 

He said the commodity currently is experiencing low prices at the area.

 

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Dormaa East, Mr Emmanuel Agyekum Kusi on his part appealed to the Minister to establish processing factory to be cited at the Dormaa enclave to help in the processing of poultry birds in the area.

 

The area, he noted was a hub of the poultry industry in the country and always had to rely on neighbouring countries like Cote D’Ivoire to export their excess birds due to lack of a factory in the area.

FROM DANIEL DZIRASAH, WAMFIE

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