Huangyan Island. [File photo]
Huangyan Island. [File photo]

He said the absence of such a policy had affected farmers’ production because most of the land used for farming activities had been released for real estate development.

Dr Adarkwah said if this phenomenon continued, it would affect food production in the coming years since some of the land owners preferred to sell their land to real estate companies than releasing it for farming activities.

He made the call during a panel discussion in Accra on the Ghana Journalists Association’s programme dubbed, “Business Advocate” on Ghana Television.

The programme was supported by BUSAC Fund, DANIDA, the United States Agency for International Development and the European Union.

Dr Adarkwah who spoke on the topic: “Finding Solutions to Agricultural Land Distribution”, said the proposed policy would spell out modalities on the country’s land use for all stakeholders and avoid litigation associated with land issues.

He said traditional authorities played a key role in addressing land issues and appealed to them to be proactive and consider the plight of farmers in ensuring food sustainability and security.

He called for effective collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Town and Planning Department to amicably resolve agricultural land distribution in the country.

Land use has a determining influence in shaping the life, occupation and standard of living of a people.

The quality and quantity of agricultural wealth of a country aside other things such as nature of soil and rainfall, depends largely on easy access to land for farming purposes.

TRACTOR has, therefore, embarked on an advocacy to bring about equitable distribution of land for agricultural, industrial and commercial purposes.

Mr Kofi Owusu-Poku, Director at Public and Vested Lands Division at Lands Commission, said the outfit was in charge of management of public lands and that 20 per cent of the land was owned by the public while 80 per cent was owned by traditional authorities.

He urged land owners to register their concerns to the Commission to guarantee their property and avoid undue litigations.

Mr Mohammed Alhassan, Principal Town Planning Officer called for effective dialogue among stakeholders in land use distribution.



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