The first-ever national agric summit aimed at sustaining and developing the country’s economy through agriculture, has been launched in Accra.
Scheduled for July 8, at the La Palm Royal Beach, the National Agriculture Summit is dubbed: ‘Further unlocking the Ghanaian agriculture sector: The role of the youth and women’.
Speaking at the launch, the General Manager of National Food and Agriculture Show (FAGRO), Alberta Nana Achiaa Akosa, stressed the need for serious attention to be paid towards developing the agriculture sector.
Agriculture, she said, had for many decades served as the pillar to which other sectors cling to thrive, hence the need to ensure it was sustained and developed.
“Being the backbone of our economy, it is important that matters of concern to the major stakeholders in the sector, our farmers are adequately addressed to ensure sustenance and food security,” she stated.
The summit, she said, would bring together various agricultural experts under one umbrella to discuss intensively, crucial issues pertaining to youth and women in the industry.
Issues to be discussed include innovations and technology in agriculture to attract the youth, and breeding the next generation of agric entrepreneurs.
She added that the youth needed to be enlightened on the opportunities available in agriculture in order to be involved.
When that was achieved, she said Ghana’s agriculture would surely soar high to become the acme of Africa’s agriculture industry and a reference point for other developing countries.
The Director of Youth in Agric Development at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Alhaji Mahama, also stressed the need for technology to be applied to agriculture.
He added that capacity of technical know-how must be built while agriculture should be mechanised to attract the youth and women.
He also called for the improvement of the products from the Ghanaian market, adding that they should be packaged well to meet international standards.
By Michael D. Abayateye