Gov’t Urged To Boost Agric

Mr. Mohammed Nashiru right, president peasant farmers association of Ghana in an address. With him are Mrs. Dede Bedu-Addo, consultant and Mr. Gabriel Essilfie  of Parliament  (2)The government has been called upon to implement policies that will boost agricultural production in the country.

The call was made by stakeholders in agriculture at a policy dialogue on measures to improve agriculture, in Accra on Thursday.

The event, organised by the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) and sponsored by SEND-Ghana, a non-governmental organization, sought to solicit inputs from participants towards boosting agricultural production through first class extension service delivery.

They were selected from farmer- based organisations (FBOs), agriculture extension service providers and other personnel of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Parliamentary Select Committee on Food and Agriculture and donor partners, including SEND-Ghana and ActionAid.

The stakeholders said the ratio of 3,000 farmers to one extension officer  was affecting the development of the agriculture sector, and called for proactive measures to train more extension officers.

They urged government to implement policies on agriculture to move the sector forward, saying other countries which adopted Ghana’s agriculture programmes were doing well.

The group appealed to government to provide farmers with more storage facilities, access to market, processing plants and improved seedlings to enhance food production.

They also called for more budgetary allocations for the sector, as funding released was woefully in- adequate.

The participants asked government to ensure public and private partnership and adopt innovative approach to disseminate extension service messages.

The programme officer of PFAG, Mr Charles Kwoee Nyaaba, commended the MoFA for working with stakeholders to boost agriculture, despite limited resources.

He called for clarity in standards for private extension services delivery, closer collaboration with NGOs and FBOs, and encourage more women to train as agriculture extension officers towards the promotion of agriculture.

By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu

 

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