Story By;Elizabeth Frimpong:
The Director of Agricultural Department in the Akuapem-North Municipality in the Eastern Region of Ghana, DR. Charles Sedem Este on Tuesday May 31, 2016 has urged Ghanaians to refrain from the politicization of the agricultural sector when it comes to issues concerning Agricultural Industry and rather focus on the techniques to adapt in solving the problems at hand for the farmers since there are numerous challenges which needed to be tackled. He issued this statement on Rite 90.1FM morning ride program; ‘Feed the Future Platform’.
According to him, some of the challenges the farmers in the District are facing, have come to their notice through the AEA’s/Farmers Engagement organized by the Rite 90.1FM’s MAASI project team, sponsored by the USAID. He further explained that, notable among them are: inadequate capital to start the business, problem of marketing their products, lack irrigational facilities, bad applications of agro-chemicals, inadequate farming inputs, just to mention but a few.
In furtherance, Dr. Este cautioned the farmers to adapt to their training and education since it is their responsibilities as Agric Extension experts to give them the necessary training and education on how to go by the system (thus improved new varieties of crops and seeds that will suit the change in climate). He added that, the farmers should also help themselves by forming cooperative Unions to ensure guaranteed prices of all their farm products. The farmers should consider the farming as their priority and a business as well in order to explore in the agribusiness.
Dr. Este again encouraged the youth to engage in Agricultural business and shouldn’t depend on only white coloured jobs. He said the Kwamuso state farm land at Akuapem-North in the Eastern Region of Ghana is still available for anybody who is interested to go into the agribusiness sector especially to the youth in order to produce in large yielding of farm products to promote the Agricultural sector.