District Award winner, Mr. Ayertey Kwasi from Wawase, who placed second runner up in Friday’s Farmers’ Day celebrations has urged Ghanaians to eat locally produce food to enhance the fortunes of both local farmers and the Ghanaian economy.
According to Mr. Ayertey, the disgraceful spectacle of Ghana importing food stuff is alarming and is about time the country addressed the issue.
“The shameful sight of Ghana importing food stuff is disturbing and it is high time the country addressed the issue by eating and utilizing what we grow,” he said
He also added that doing this is the surest way of supporting the country’s farmers.
“When we eat what we produce locally, we support farmers to increase their incomes, increase their ability to cater for the needs of their families, expand the local economy and the growth of the national economy as well,” he asserted.
Speaking in an interview with Rite FM’s Prince Paul Amuzu on the sidelines of the event on Friday, Mr. Ayertey described the country’s preference for foreign produce as ‘sad’ which in the end won’t auger well for the local economy.
“It is sad to say that Ghanaians have developed so much taste for foreign foods and the situation is hurting our economy,” he lamented.
He was also convinced that Ghana has a rare opportunity to complete the agric value chain and stand out as a leading supplier of food.
“Ghana has the unique potential to feed its growing population, meet the raw material requirements of our processing industries, achieve food security, and compete successfully as a leading supplier to countries around us and beyond,” he challenged.
The Lower Manya Krobo celebrations of the 33rd National Farmers’ Day was held at the Oborpah West School Park which saw the district rewarding twenty hardworking farmers.
Source; Prince Paul Amuzufirstname.lastname@example.org