Citizenry urged to provide feedbacks to flagship policies

Dr Gyieli Nurah, the Minister of State at the Presidency in-Charge of Food and Agriculture, has stated that the government is willing to obtain feedbacks from stakeholders and the citizenry to help in successful implementation of its flagship programmes.

He explained that the feedbacks would help give new ideas to the government on how to improve on the efficiency and effectiveness of its flagship programmes to achieve its vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid.

Dr Nurah made the call in Tamale at the eighth Annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Exhibition and Conference, under the theme: ‘Agribusiness in the Northern Region, the Future starts now.’

The event was organised by Agrihouse Foundation in partnership with the World Food Programme, USAID ADVANCE, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Northern Development Authority (NDA) and other private and international organisations as well as various stakeholders.

The three-day conference, sought to create dynamic platform for commodities buyers and farmers to establish business relationships and discuss contracts for the harvest of their produce to promote growth in the agricultural sector.

“The programme was complemented by government’s other flagship programmes in particular the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme, one-district-one-factory and National Entrepreneurship  Innovation Programme, with each of them having significant agribusiness elements for development,” Dr Nurah stressed.

Madam Alberta Akosa, Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, observed that the pre-harvest event was to present realistic opportunities for various value chain actors to meet, discuss business and work together to ensure enough produce was available for local consumption and exports.

Madam Heather Cameron, the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, indicated that Canada had the vision of supporting the government to improve on its agricultural sector with more than 5,000 farmers supported to increase productivity, raise revenue from sale of produce as well as connect with marketers within the agricultural value chains.

Ron Strikker, the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, observed that the north had the potential of being the food basket of the country, and urged all farmers to continue to give out their best because the sector had vast arable land, source of water for irrigation, animal production among others.

Rukia Yacoub, the Country representative of WFP, acknowledged the government of Canada for its partnership and continued funding, which had allowed WFP to embark on new chapter of innovative, integrated food security, nutrition programmes and helped improve on food production. -GNA

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