MoFA urged to establish national seed security stock

Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto,Minister of Food and Agriculture

Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto,Minister of Food and Agriculture

The Apex Farmers Organisation of Ghana (APFOG) has appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) to establish a national seed security Stock in the country.

 

Members of APFOG, at training workshop at Tamale, were of the view that the establishment of a national seed security stock would lead to increase in crop yield and improve the income status of Ghanaian famers.

 

The training, which was aimed at building the capacity of the members in new agriculture technologies, was sponsored by the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund (BUSAC) in the partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and European Union (EU).

 

Mr Samuel Annan, National Secretary of APFOG, explained that the training would help ensure the continuous availability of quality seed for famers at all levels.

 

He said that the major challenge facing farmers across the country was the lack of access to quality seeds, adding that the inadequacy of quality seeds was not only affecting crop production negatively, but also worsened the poverty situation of farmers in the country.

 

Mr Annan said that it was therefore, imperative for the MoFA to take steps to ensure the availability and affordability of quality seeds.

 

He mentioned that the seed industry in the country was faced with a lot of constraints, and asked the ministry to address the problem.

 

Mr Annan also complained about the grating and packaging of approved seeds, and advocated intensification of ministry’s inspection.

 

He stressed that the establishment of a national seed security stock as provided for in the national seed policy would address challenges confronting farmers.

FROM YAKUBU ABDUL-MAJEED, TAMALE

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