This year’s National Farmers Day has been launched in Accra with the Minister of Finance, Mr. Seth Terkper reminding all Ghana’s agrarian, the economy can best be transformed through a well-coordinated strategic investment in the Agriculture sector.
Mr. Tekper called for more investment in the agriculture sector to transform the country’s rural economies and halt rural urban migration.
This year’s National durbar, which would be held in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region, on the theme: ‘’Transformed Ghana: Invest in Agriculture’’, marks the 31st Farmers Day Celebration.
He said, government through prudent policies and programmes, is putting in place projects and initiatives to remove constrains in the agriculture sector to make investment into the sector productive and rewarding.
The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon Fifi Fiavi Kwetey called on corporate Institutions, private institutions and individuals to contribute generously either in cash or kind for a successful celebration of this year’s event.
Mr. Kwetey also commended the companies and individuals who supported the farmers Day celebration yearly. Adding that, they are very grateful to all donors especially to ADB, EDAIF and Stanbic Bank who are their major traditional donors.
The theme for this year’s event has been carefully selected to emphasize the ripple effects of investment in agriculture on the growth services and industry. He noted.
The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ms. sherry Ayittey, urged the National Planning Committee of the Farmers’ Day to consider the fishing sector and the role it plays in the national economy, directly employing 2.5million people and contributing five per cent to GDP.
She called the committee to ensure that, fishermen, who are rewarded at the celebrations, are given the necessary equipment and items that could help them in fishing.