Business News of Sunday, 3 December 2017
Some farmers in the country have urged government to reduce import duties placed on farming equipment which are brought into the country to enable them purchase it to increase their productivity.
Speaking in a radio interview, a spokesperson, Daniel Nii Adey Tagoe Head of Nii Adey family – Krokrobite Langma Tuba, explained that most farmers in Ghana are engaged in subsistence farming due to their inability to procure ultramodern farming tools that will help them engage in commercial farming.
He said, “If we don’t get the financial support, it will be difficult for us to engage in proper farming in Ghana to grow more yield. Now, most of the people who do not have the capital strength are only engaged in subsistence farming [that is] from hand-to-mouth and this doesn’t help so the government will need to come to the aide of all these farmers.
“Again there should be a duty-free or very low duty on the agricultural machinery imported into this country to enable the farmers purchase these tools. The high duty on them makes the cost expensive.”
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians his government is poised to modernize agriculture.
Addressing citizens on Friday, 1 December during the National Farmers’ Day celebration, Akufo-Addo said: “I wish to state that this government is convinced that agriculture is a key driver of growth and development. The modernization of agriculture will, thus, remain a priority of this government.
“Our prescription for tackling the problems of the agricultural sector is to operationalize a comprehensive plan to enhance food security, improved farm productivity, strengthen leakages in the stretch and thereby create jobs, improve rural livelihood and wealth for all Ghanaians.
“The thrust of the key policies is to promote agribusiness by placing emphasis on agricultural value chain development in partnership with the private sector.
“We believe this is the way to transform Ghana’s agriculture as we target to move from subsistence to a business-centered approach to agriculture.
“We need to pay attention to all and not neglect any subsector in the pursuit of our goal. There have been numerous interventions in the crops, fisheries and livestock subsectors as part of our agenda to transform agriculture.”