September 19, 2023

The government remains committed to meeting the challenges of the agricultural sector

Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture, said the government remains committed to addressing the challenges facing the agriculture sector.

He said that although food and fertilizer prices have increased worldwide, this was due to the COVID-19 epidemic and the war between Russia and Ukraine on which the government had very little. control.

Dr Akoto was addressing members of the Dormaa Poultry Breeders Association at a meeting in Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Central Dormaa Municipality of Bono Region.

The meeting provided a platform for the Minister and his team to interact with farmers and share ideas for the growth of the poultry industry in the region.

Dr. Akoto expressed the government’s determination to promote agricultural enterprises, hence the government launched the Planting for Food and Jobs (PfFJs) program in April 2017 in Goaso in the Ahafo region to promote the cultivation of crops food crops, especially corn and soybeans, two vital ingredients for the production of poultry feed.

The Minister of Agriculture said that “there is no shortage of maize in the country as speculated”, pointing out that “Nigerians and Nigerians were coming to Ghana to buy maize”.

Dr Akoto said that “last year Ghana produced 3.1 million metric tons of maize,” saying this was unprecedented as the country had never produced more than 1.8 metric tons of maize. corn”.