By: Fred Yaw Sarpong- Daily Express
The National Food and Agric Show (FAGRO) in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) have launched the 1st National Agric Summit to be help in Accra on the July 8, 2015.
The summit aimed at bringing together various agricultural experts under one umbrella to discuss intensively and extensively crucial issues pertaining to the youth and women in this industry.
The experts are expected to deliberate on how the industry can be improved to meet the current agricultural trends in Ghana.
The event is under the theme, ‘‘further unlocking the Ghanaian agricultural sector: The role of youth and women.’’
Launching the summit, the Chief Director at the MOFA, Alhaji Mahama said the ministry is pleased about what the private sector is doing in the agriculture sector.
He indicated that the ministry cannot champion all agricultural activities in the country, but will rather facilitate the activities in the sector. ‘‘We believe that it is the private sector that can only champion the development of agriculture in this country,’’ he added.
He pointed out that farming is a big business and for that matter those willing to engage in the sector must invest heavily. ‘‘Farmers have to develop their skills, development several technologies to their farms and also implore the method of mechanization,’’ he pleaded.
The General Manager of FAGRO, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa said being the backbone of Ghana’s economy, it is therefore important that matters of concern for the major stakeholders in the sector (farmers) are adequately addressed to ensure sustenance and food security.
She called on the government, agricultural institutions, civil society and non-governmental organisations to put a huge spotlight on the agricultural sector to harness all of its untapped potential.
She said the youth and women are the heart of the agricultural body and they need all the energy pumped into them to get them fully functioning if we want to sustain the agric sector as a country.
The summit will focus on new innovations and technologies in agriculture to attract the modern youth; breeding the next generation of agric entrepreneurs: the role of investment financing and insurance; women and opportunities in agriculture: and further unlocking Ghana’s agric sector: the role of youth and women.