General News of Saturday, 5 December 2015
Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has called on government to use its purchasing power to help create a market for Ghanaian farmers.
According to him, it is not good enough to set a day aside to celebrate farmers and fishermen when they can be celebrated throughout the year.
In his view, this can be achieved when Ghanaians insist on buying locally produced crops and fresh fish, not frozen, imported fish.
This, he said, will make farmers and fishermen glad.
The founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) in a video posted on his Facebook page to mark Farmers’ Day Friday said, unlike other political leaders, who come out to congratulate farmers and fishermen on Farmers’ Day, he has made a personal commitment that his hotels will not serve anything that is imported when and “if we have a locally made substitute.”
He said Ghana will create a wonderful market for farmers and fishermen if the country will have a president, who will insist that “if you go to a state function, nothing will touch your lips if it is not produced in Ghana by way of food and drink or no state institution can go and import any food item that is produced in Ghana”.
He added that if the school feeding programme will insist on local produce, “it would create jobs”.
Dr. Nduom advised Ghanaians to support the PPP’s idea of using the state’s considerable purchasing power to help create a market for Ghanaian farmers. This, according to him, will make a wonderful farmers’ and fishermen’s year not just a day.