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Tree crop to fetch the nation $14 billion annually – Prez


  6 Novembre      8        Economie (10372),

   

Techiman, (BE/R), Nov. 06, GNA – The Tree Crop industry will fetch the nation 14 billion dollars   annually, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced on Friday.
    He explained that the Government was investing hugely in tree crops and very soon the nation would generate two billion dollars each from the export of cashew, coffee, shea-nuts, mango, coconut, rubber and oil palm annually.
    President Akufo-Addo said this when he addressed the 36th National Farmers Day at Techiman in the Bono East Region.
    It was on the theme: « Ensuring Agribusiness Development under COVID-19: Opportunities and Challenges ».
    It was held at the Techiman Methodist Park and attended by Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, agro processing companies, farmers as well as local and foreign investors.
    President Akufo-Addo noted that the performance of the agriculture sector was extremely poor and below the African Union target for member states since he assumed office in 2017.
    His government, therefore, took bold decisions to improve on the sector, enhance national food security, diversify agriculture export earnings, and create jobs for the youth.
    That decision, the President said, gave birth to the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), which had since 2018, invested hugely in seeds and fertilizer subsidies for farmers.
   President Akufo-Addo said the successful implementation of the PFJ had made the nation a net exporter of food, with 50 per cent of local rice production meeting domestic demand.
    He said the nation had finalised concessional agreement with India and Czech Republic for the importation of tractors and agro processing machines and inputs to be sold to famers at subsidised prices.
   Government has also built 81,000 capacity warehouses nationwide to address post-harvest losses and enhance marketing of agriculture produce.
   President Akufo-Addo said his government had further engaged about 2,700 agriculture extension officers and was determined to attain the United Nations standard of one extension officer to 500 farmers in his next government.
    Government would also invest in the greenhouse sector, which had the potential of boosting the nation’s foreign income earnings in coming years.
    Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, said government spent GHC600 million in PFJs this year.
    The amount was invested in fertilizer and seeds subsidies for the more than 1.5 million beneficiary farmers on the programme, he said.
    Dr Akoto said no government had invested hugely in the agriculture sector than the Akufo-Addo-led government, hence the need for farmers to vote to retain the New Patriotic Party in power in Election 2020.
    Mrs Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, acknowledged the commitment of the Government to transforming the sector and assured of the Ministry’s continuation to collaborate with partners to make agriculture contribute significantly to national growth.
     Mr Solomon Kwadwo Kusi, a 55-year-old farmer from the Jomoro District of the Western Region, was adjudged the 2020 National Best Farmer and he received a prize money of GHC570,000.
    Nana Kofi Drobo IV, a farmer at Wenchi, and Mahamudu Mohammed Awal, a farmer from the Northern Region, were the first and second runners up, respectively.
    Nana Drobo received a tractor and some farm inputs while Mr Awal had a Nissan Pickup vehicle in addition to farm inputs.
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