Workers unload bags of rice on January 19, 2011 at the Port of Abidjan where 80% of Ivory Coast's exports transit. EU-registered ships have been barred from dealing with Ivory Coast's main cocoa ports in line with sanctions over the nation's controversial November presidential poll. The European Union last weekend slapped sanctions on outcast incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo and 84 of his associates, as well as 11 economic entities in the world's top cocoa producer. AFP PHOTO/ ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Ghana will apply technology in its quest to cut down the huge foreign exchange spent on the cost of food importation, Minister for Food and Agriculture Owusu Afriyie Akoto said here Wednesday.

Ghana spent a total of 2.2 billion U.S. dollars to import cereals consumed locally in 2016 as compared to 345 million dollars on the same products in 2007, said the minister.

He said the government will engage small farmers and support them with relevant technology to enhance agricultural productivity.

The strategy is to transform agriculture by introducing new technology to small sacle farmers and giving them the support and the seed technology, said Akoto.

In this way, “they can raise the productivity of agriculture in the country and through that we produce the surpluses to feed our industries for export,” said the minister.

The government was committed to the implementation of one of its flagship program, “Planting for Food and Jobs,” as contained in its 2016 manifesto presented for the election, added the minister. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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