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Agriculture is my strategy to change lives – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made it clear, his strategy to improve the lives of Ghanaians is to focus on agriculture.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “if we are to make any meaningful change in the lives of people, our efforts must be directed at agriculture. The majority of people can only feel a change in their lives when we develop agriculture.”

To this end, the President has stressed that “we need to raise agriculture to a higher plane to be able to improve on the quality of life for our people.’

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Sunday, 15th October, 2017, when he celebrated the 41st Kobine Festival, with the Chief and people of Lawra, in the Upper West Region.

Addressing the gathering at the festival, President Akufo-Addo bemoaned the decline witnessed by the sector in recent years, resulting in food becoming unnecessarily expensive in a country that is blessed with fertile land.

“Our production methods are not modern, and income levels of farmers and fisher-folk remain low, making the sector unattractive to the youth as a viable means of livelihood. Indeed, the poorest people in our country are engaged in food crop farming,” he lamented.

With Ghana making some progress, especially in the cocoa sector, the President stated that not enough progress has been made in the production of staples, like rice, maize and soya.

“Agriculture should not be a single-crop industry. Farming is a business and it is a profession that must be promoted and studied like all other professions.

Ghana has the unique potential to feed her 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 said.

Source, otecfmghana.com / Piesie Lardi


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