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#CitiBusinessFestival: Legitimatise agric training programmes to ensure sustainability

Agricultural Professor, Prof. Irene Susana Egyir, has called for the legitimisation of agricultural training programmes to ensure their sustainability.

Speaking on Day 2 of Week 2 of the Citi Business Festival On-air series on the topic “Exploring Agribusiness Growth Opportunities”, she stressed that without proper registration and formalisation, the impact of these programmes will be short-lived.

This comes as the agricultural sector continues to face challenges in maintaining growth and development.

Prof. Egyir expressed concern that without the progress made in training farmers will be lost once the supporting programmes, such as Mastercard’s initiative, come to an end.

She highlighted the importance of legitimisation in tracking and monitoring the progress of trained farmers, ensuring the quality of products, and reaching the intended markets.

She urged stakeholders to prioritise legitimisation and cooperation to create a sustainable and formal agricultural sector, providing opportunities for farmers to grow and thrive.

“If we don’t legitimise, these 3 million people we want to train all over the place to become farmers on their own, they are not registered, they are informal, they are touch and go.

“After the experiment Julie is talking about, it’s been done. I’ve done this work for 30 years, we’ve done this for a long time. Different people have supported it, it’s not only Mastercard.”

“My fear is that after Mastercard, the story will go back to square one. Cooperating and legitimising is very important. The reason why we legitimise is so that people can be tracked, monitoring evaluation because if we get the sanitised quality product, it will reach where it has to reach.”

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