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Former Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan

Former Dep Agric Minister Proposes “Serious Attention” Towards Realizing Ghana’s Transformational Agenda

The Former Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan has underscored the crucial role played by agriculture in the country.

Dr. Alhassan Yakubu said the importance of agriculture cannot be underestimated as far as its contributions to the nation and beyond is concerned.

Speaking in an interview with Austin Ofori Addo during Rite FM’s Agric Forum on Saturday, the former deputy agric minister noted that much and serious attention must be paid to the agricultural sector if the country must achieve its transformational agenda.

“For the country to achieve its transformational agenda, serious attention must be paid to the agricultural sector including its stakeholders especially farmers by government,” he asserted.

Ghana’s president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has alluded that the revival of Ghana’s declining agricultural sector will be a major area of priority under his government.

The role of agriculture in transforming the economy and the nation, according to policy makers is potentially tremendous.

Dr. Alhassan Yakubu further eulogized the role played by the sector in the development of the country including its role in feeding the country.

“The agricultural sector especially farming feeds the whole country, provides raw materials for the country and beyond and even serves as a source of foreign exchange,” he stated.

While Ghana’s agricultural sector in 2008 grew by 7.4%, the sector shrunk to 0.04% in 2015, a development many industry watchers described as alarming.

Source: Austin Ofori Addo/www.ritefmonline.org/austinofori.addo@gmail.com

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