Ghana targets to support one million farmers by 2021 and intends to invest much in agriculture as the country wishes to increase trade significantly.
The President Nana Akufo-Addo revealed this information during Africa Business Media Innovators conference (Accra).
The president also mentioned that the state also plans to cut its reliance on food imports which yearly costs almost $2.2 billion.
Presently, Ghana is the second-largest cocoa producer on the planet. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, the country imports over two-thirds of all staples. Therefore, the proper support of agriculture is the most critical policy of Nana Akufo-Addo`s government.
According to president Akufo-Addo, the nation of 28 million people’s food import list is just shocking. “Originally, the mentioned program target more than 200,000 farmers. They will receive support in the form of insecticides, fertilizers, inputs, and proper supervision. We are sure we can scale that so that by 2021 we will have had almost a million Ghanaian farmers who will be involved in the program,” the president declared.
Most experts are sure that proper investment in agriculture will undoubtedly lessen unceasing youth unemployment in Ghana. The Ghana Statistical Service proves the fact that approximately half of young people between 15 and 24 years have no jobs.
“If Ghana`s young population is not put into the productive activity, Africa should be prepared for substantial incoherence and insecurity in the nearest future. We must tie together the energies of this young people. It is the key to the progress of our continent,” Akufo-Addo emphasized.
Source: Yen News.