Minister urges farmers to revive soya bean industry

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has asked the Soya Value Chain Association (SVCAG) of Ghana to develop an effective programme to revive the soya bean industry in the country.

He said there was the need to improve the cultivation of soya beans, which could be achieved if the association worked hard to perk up the industry.

The minister, made the call in Accra yesterday when he inaugurated the association, made up of farmers, input dealers and processors.

Dr Akoto said, “Be proactive as an association so that government would assist you financially and with ideas. I want to see a programme or a roadmap where you would focus on cultivation by providing farmers with enough seeds.”

“We have a task ahead to see how best this association can engineer evolution in soya production. We are bringing a lot of machinery and we are prepared to support and sponsor any group,” he added.

Dr Akoto said the government would continue to initiate programmes to revamp the agricultural sector to make it attractive to the youth.

The chairman of the association, Mr Thomas W. Bello, said the association would provide the needed information to stakeholders in soya value chain business.

“We would ensure that soya is always available for stakeholders to go on with their business,” he said.

According to Mr Bello, the soya beans would be projected to become a cash crop for export to increase the country’s revenue.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong

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