AGRICULTURE without doubt, plays a very important role in the economic development of countries around the globe.

Indeed, agriculture has already played a significant role in the economic prosperity of rich industrialised countries. And it is for that reason that many countries in the less advanced countries are placing emphasis on agriculture with the aim of increasing food production and, thereby, raise incomes of its citizens.

It is for similar reason that locally, the government initiated deliberate policies towards increased production. The launch of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) is one such initiative that is expected to spur agricultural production in the country.

For successful outcomes, however, there is the need for inputs such as resources, equipment, and machinery, among others, to facilitate a better outcome in the modernisation of agriculture in the country.

It is for this reason that, the Ghanaian Times commends Interplast Ghana Limited for developing a state-of-the-art irrigation system to boost agric production in the country.

The introduction of the new system would involve the application of irrigation water using drip pipes to get water to the roots of plants to ensure that very little    water is lost through evaporation, at the same time allowing large areas to be watered from available water supply.

This new product, according to the Managing Director of Interplast, Mr Haysann Fakhry, aims to support the efforts of farmers to produce food sufficiently for the country to enhance the country’s food security status.

He explained that the company decided to produce the drip pipes to boost the government’s PFJ programme and indicated that large tracks of arable land in the country could be put to good use if appropriate measures were taken to cultivate those lands and thereby create jobs for the people.

Mr Fakhry further stated that the company would use up to date technology as well as quality raw materials to produce the best products for use by the farmers across the country.

The West African sub-region is destined to excel in agriculture. We need to lay down the fundamentals to ensure that very little water is lost through evaporation, as water shortages, occasioned by climate change is starring at us.

The introduction of the green irrigation system at this time is highly commendable, particularly because it is coming at the time that the government is seeking to use agriculture to create jobs and increase food production towards poverty alleviation, especially in rural areas.

It is undeniable that farmers in the country continue to engage in “hoe and cutlass” farming. The old and archaic methods of agricultural production cannot give the nation the desired results of becoming food sufficient and net exporter in the sub-region.

It is in this vein that the introduction of the green irrigation system be embraced by the farmers who are seeking to modernise farming in order to enhance food production.

Indeed, the country needs to mechanise and transform, by using technology to drive agriculture production so as to entice the youth to embrace agriculture as business.

Many countries around the world have adopted modern ways of food production are reaping the benefits and have become prosperous. We can also do it by adopting new ways of food production.





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