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Jun 30, 2011

Ghana to become West Africa’s food basket

Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, says Ghana is embarking on an accelerated modernization and commercialization of agriculture to enable her to become the food basket of West Africa.

According to him, a strategy has been adopted to empower small, medium and large scale farmers to enable them to acquire and use appropriate modern technologies in order to make farming in Ghana a lucrative business.

Mr. Ahwoi made this known in Rome, Italy, during the 37th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) conference, saying the strategy is consistent with the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) of the African Union, aimed at improving productivity.

He explained that the strategy is based on a well coordinated strategy of land development with associated mechanization of farm activities, improved seed adoption, increased fertilizer use, increased irrigation, water and sustainable land management and enhanced post-harvest management.

Source: ISD