It has become increasingly common to hear our farmers complain about their inability to sell their produce at reasonable prices in the country.
Farmers in Ghana sell their produce all at once and at any price because they do not have financial capacity to store them, and this gives merchants more control over prices.
“We at Ghana Agricultural & Rural Development Journalists Association (GARDJA) are worried about the future of agriculture which is considered to be the backbone of Ghana’s economy at this momentous time when the youth of this nation keep on running away from farming and its ancillary works.
The complaints of farmers about low prices for their produce give us more headaches and that Government needs to take some practical measures to shore up Ghana’s ailing agriculture production. Today, farmers are hoping that governmental efforts will be made for weighing scales to be applied in determining the prices of food stuffs at the market and we are adding our voices to the call.
Members of GARDJA believe that such mechanism, if put in place, will ensure farmers receive fair prices to make farming attractive to young people in the country, since the current farmers are aging.
This will invariably improve personal livelihoods in the rural communities and also increase food production for the country.
There is an overarching concern in recent times that young people are shunning the agriculture sector as they see farming as a labour intensive and low profit-making venture.
It is government’s responsibility to make things turn around and this could be done through offering incentives such as subsidizing agriculture inputs such as pesticides, while securing internal and external markets for their produce since it has come to our knowledge that government is not offering the required support in that direction”.
These communications was made by the President of Ghana Aricultural and Rural Development Journalist Association’s (GARDJA), Mr. Richmond Frimpong and the leadership of the Association in Kumasi on 29th June, 2017.
By : Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh