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Fish Farmers Cry Over Poor Budget Allocation

President for the Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen, Mr. E. T. Mensah told Rite FM on Agric Forum that, the budget allocated to the fisheries industry is a major challenge to the progress of the sector.

Budget is one of the most important administrative tools, a plan of action for achieving quantified objectives, standard for measuring performance and device for coping with foreseeable adverse situation.

According to Mr. Mensah, fisher folks in the country are many with different needs, with GHC 52,760,712 as budget to this sector cannot meet their need for nets, machines and other fishing needs.

“Due to poor budget allocation to the fisheries industry, fishermen in Ghana are unable to produce more and that is paving way for foreigners who have the logistics to start their fishing activities in the country,” he noted.

He urged authorities (Agricultural Ministry) to have love for the country and invest into the agriculture sector.

“Selfish desire of some leaders is a contributing factor to the decline of the agric sector.  The Ministry should allocate budget that can reflect in the activities of Ghanaian farmers; and that can end importation to ensure more development in the country especially in the zonal areas where food is cultivated,” he told Austin ofori Addo.

Mr. E.T. Mensah said farmers when resource well, can use their wealth to construct roads, hospitals, schools and other social amenities.

Not too long ago, Nana Apedwahene, who is the regional chairman for the Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen on same network made similar statement, describing the situation as poor budget killing the Agric sector.

By: Joyce Bedeley/ritefmonline.org

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