Politics of Saturday, 5 December 2015
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has lauded the commitment and hard work of farmers in providing food for the nation.
“We sincerely appreciate you for continuing to remain our economic backbone all these years. We congratulate each and every one of you, a statement from the party said.
The statement was signed by the National Secretary, Mr Murtala Mohammed, to mark Farmers’ Day Friday.
According to the party, any country that is not capable of feeding itself and export some of its produce cannot talk of economic development let alone talk about social development.
Successive Governments, the PPP pointed out, had failed over the years to tackle issues regarding farming head-on.
They have failed to look into the means of transporting foodstuffs from the growing areas to numerous markets across the country, it stated.
Furthermore, it said farmers were bedevilled with inadequate road and rail infrastructures that would aid them to sell their produce immediately to avoid rots and damages.
That phenomenon, the PPP noted, led to price hikes in foodstuffs and also abuse of farmers by some unscrupulous middlemen.
The government’s own assertion that agricultural growth has fallen from 4.6 per cent in 2014 to a far lower rate of 0.04 per cent in 2015 is a clear indication of the failure by the NDC in addressing the needs of farmers, the PPP stated.
It said the NDC Government had proven in their seven years of administration to be unfit to address the issue of the farmer and agriculture as a whole.
The PPP believed the modernisation and transformation of agriculture to augment productivity and assure food security and self-sufficiency was very important in the stabilisation of the economy.
“We are confident that when Ghanaians vote for the PPP in 2016, we will implement policies that will inure to the benefit of the farmer and also boost agricultural growth, “the party assured.