Farming in Ghana Agriculture must move from donor dependency to profitable trade driven

The Ghana Agric Chamber of Commerce is raising concerns over the need for government to put measures in place to make the sector trade-driven.

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The Agriculture Chamber of Commerce Ghana is calling on government to take initiatives towards making the sector trade-driven rather than depending on donor funds

Some analysts have attributed the decrease in agricultural investments and performance of the agricultural sector to low public investments.

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Majority of Africa’s population live in the rural areas and agriculture is the main source of livelihood of such dwellers. Meanwhile, access to agricultural credit is a challenge.

The agric investments usually come from donor agencies rather than government committing its own resources to the sector.

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But President of the Ghana Agricultural Chamber of Commerce, Philip Abayori believes agriculture in the country must not be hinged on donor funds .

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Agriculture plays a vital role in the economy but it is predominantly dependent on waether conditions. Irrigated agriculture on a fairly limited scale is a recent phenomenon and it is necessitated largely by the seasonality and unreliability of rainfall, he added.

Mr. Abayori also says the development and management of irrigation, over the period has been characterized by difficulties; notably weak database, excessive cost, environmental problems.

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He is therefore calling on government to invest in agric irrigations rather than the sector being climate driven.

“Irrigation capacity utilisation on existing schemes is very low hence the need for a broad policy objectives to promote irrigation development and management”.

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