The President of the Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen, GNAFF, Mr. Emmanuel Tepkertey Mensah has described as “too early” attempts to criticize the Agric policies meant to boost the agricultural sector of the country.
Mr. Mensah who is Chief of Kodiabe in the Greater Accra Region while speaking on Rite FM’s Agric Forum questioned what he called unfair criticisms against the government even in the wake of executing some of its flagship programmes, adding that it can’t fulfill all of its promises at the same time.
“Some of the criticisms against the government are unfair especially at this time. These criticisms against the government are unfair even in the wake of it executing some of its flagship programmes in the Agric sector such as the one district, one factory and operation planting for food and jobs policy among others. The point is that the government can’t fulfil all of its promises at the same time,” he argued.
“The president has four years to make sure every promise made is fulfilled and so to slam the government at these early stages is not the best,” he added.
Mr. Tekpertey further urged for total support of these projects in order to realize their full implementation.
“This is not the time to discourage and kick against the idea behind these agricultural policies but as good citizens of the country, the government must be encouraged in order to bring into day light all of its promises,” the poultry president said.
He stressed that they, as farmers are concerned about the welfare of the farmers and must support any policy that will favor the cause of farmers and this he added can only be realized if they all come together to support the government to bring these dreams to reality.
Mr. Mensah however acknowledged the role Agriculture plays as the back bone of the county’s economy and urged government “not to joke with it” because the failure or success of his government depends on the sector.
“The president must pay critical attention to the agric sector because the failure or success of the government depends on the sector,” he charged.
He therefore urged all Ghanaians to support the government and pray for the Agricultural policies to come to pass.
Currently, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) is to approve a $60-million concessionary loan to support the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme in the northern part of the country.
The financial support is expected to impact about 500,000 farmers in the north, starting from the next farming season.
It will also help increase food production and create more jobs, especially in the northern savannah area where agricultural activities are limited to peasant farming.
Source: By Austin Ofori Addofirstname.lastname@example.org