The Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has reiterated government’s commitment to support farmers to produce quality food stuff to meet the demand of the market.
He said the production would go a long way to increase food security in the country as well as enable the country generate more foreign exchange for other developmental projects to enhance the economy.
He said the provision of the support and the necessary logistics could help boost the sector thereby encouraging more youths to venture in agriculture as a business.
He said, this would be done with the construction of road networks leading to the farming communities and provision of modern equipment to boost the sector.
The Vice President stressed that the Pwalugu Multi Purpose Dam in the Upper East Region is to receive rehabilitation to boost year round farming activities to serve farmers within the Upper East and the Northern Regions.
Farmers according to the Vice President in these areas for the past years have been encountering difficulties in their cultivations due to the dilapidated nature of the Dam which serves as the source of livelihood for the indigenes.
This has compelled many farmers within the area to engage in only seasonal productions that are not sufficient to meet the market demand he said.
Mr. Kwasi Amissah Arthur disclosed this at this year’s 32nd Regional farmer’s day at Walewale in the Northern Region.
The event which was on the theme, “Agriculture, a business response to economic growth” saw Mr. Nakoja Batumbi crown as the Regional best farmer thereby taking home an electrical generator, tricycle, five bags of fertilizer among others.
The Vice President therefore urged farmers to adopt modern farming technologies to make agriculture a profitable business that is lucrative enough to attract more youths to venture.
According to him, the setting up of the farmer service centers is geared towards creating access to modern farming equipment such as combine harvesters, improved seeds, tractors and others to motivate farmers to help increase food security.
Mr. Abubakari Abdallah, Northern Regional Minister, said the rapid migration in the region has led to the depletion of many lands for building infrastructure which is affecting the farmers.
He noted that government would collaborate with the traditional leaders to ensure preservation of some lands purposely for agriculture.
Stressing the inability of the farmers to access land compels them to engage in subsistence farming to feed the family only. He said “we must endeavour to instill in the farmers, the skills of entrepreneurship so that they can move from the subsistence agriculture to business agriculture which can generate economic growth”.
He reiterated that the rehabilitation of the irrigational schemes at Savelugu-Nanton and the Central Gonja districts would create all year round farming opportunities to majority of the farmers.
The Minister stressed that government has also constructed three warehouses at Sawla, Chereponi and Gushegu, all in the Northern Region to eradicate the problems associated with storage to reduce post harvest losses.
He urged the traditional rulers, unit committee and the stakeholders to help educate the communities on the dangers of bushfire and the rapid felling of economic trees.
He also advised the youths to take advantage of the opportunities in the region to create jobs for themselves.
SOURCE: BIDOMA DAWUNI
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