The Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, says government will continue to partner the private sector to develop the agricultural sector in the country.

He described agriculture as a principal private sector enterprise, which helps to increase gross domestic product as well as creating jobs, and government would, therefore, continue to support the sector.

Government has promised to revamp the sector with the Youth in Agric program to be aggressively boosted as well as provide storage facilities to be constructed across districts to minimise post-harvest losses.

Some other promises contained in the 2016 National Democratic Congress (NDC) manifesto also includes a new plantation scheme to be established by Cocobod to attract youth sharecroppers.

The party also intent establish two more shea butter factories in the North Region, a new Cashew Board for Ghana, headquartered in Brong Ahafo region as well as an agro-credit scheme shall be established to serve all farmers.

Addressing the gathering at the 32nd Northern Regional Farmers Day Celebration at Walewale on the theme, ‘Agriculture: A Business Response To Economic Growth’, he noted that there is high risk associated with Agriculture and government would continue to implement the right policies and programmes.

“To minimise the risk, government is investing in the area of Agric infrastructure like mechanisation, irrigation, supporting the fishery sector and improving the road sector, especially in the cocoa producing areas”, he said.

Mr Amissah-Arthur expressed the hope that the public investment in the sector by government would improve Agric productivity, farmers’ income and welfare of Ghanaians, especially those who rely on the sector.

 



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