By Prince Paul Amuzu:
The Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the Ministry Of Food and Agriculture, Mr. Nelson Akatey has expressed the ministry’s readiness to welcome Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the new Agric Minister into the ministry.
Speaking in an interview with Rite News, the PRO maintains that the Ministry is a civil sector and therefore there is a mechanism in place that enhances collaboration between the Ministry and any minister appointed at any point in time to take charge of affairs to achieve the government of the day’s policy programs.
According to him, since Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Minister for Agric, is an Agric Specialist, he believes he has what it takes to revive the Agric Sector, ‘thus the ministry is ready to welcome and collaborate with the government’s policies and directives through him to move the Agric Sector to the highest level as he promised during his vetting process,’ Mr. Akatey assured.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto during his vetting by the appointments committee of parliament assured that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government will invest heavily in infrastructure development to attract foreign direct investments (FDI) into the sector.
According to him, the lack of infrastructure development to target agriculture is the cause of low FDI in the sector, since investors will put funds in areas that will give them good returns.
Answering questions at the Appointments Committee of Parliament, Dr. Afriyie-Akoto criticized the Mahama-led administration for neglecting the agriculture sector resulting in decline in output.
“The government of President Akufo-Addo is determined to make agriculture a priority sector in terms of public investment. Already we are attracting the world’s attention,” he said. He disclosed that, works are already underway to host some foreign investors in the sector, due to assurances given by the government.