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His Excellency President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo has commended the Agriculture sector for its tremendous feat in the past year. ‘During times like these of banking and business upheavals, agriculture appears even more attractive. It is more predictable and the soil and plants and animals far more reliable than sharp figures.’

‘There has been food and for the first time in a long while, we had more than we needed. It was not that long ago that Ghana was in the humiliating position of having to import maize from her landlocked Sahelian neighbors and plantain from Cote d’Ivoire.’ H.E. Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, SONA 2019

‘Thanks to the programme “Planting for Food and Jobs”, admirably organized by that outstanding Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, this House stands informed that in 2018, exports of food crops such as cassava, rice, yellow and white maize, soya, plantain, cowpea and yam were made from Ghana to Burkina Faso, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire in considerable quantities. We had a bumper harvest of produce, and, last year, we did not import a single grain of maize.’ H.E. Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, SONA 2019.

Although faced by issues of fertilizer smuggling, the system seemed successful. One can only expect better from the other modules Greenhouse Villages programme, the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme, the Rearing for Food and Jobs (RFJ) campaign and Mechanization Centers programme.

Patrick Laryea|Ritefmonline.org|Laryeapatricknii@yahoo.com

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