On the occasion of the 36th National Farmers’ Day celebrations in Techiman in the Bono East Region, Farmer Radio International (FRI) seizes the opportunity to salute all farmers for their hard work in feeding the nation and producing cash crops for foreign exchange.
In a statement signed by the Country Director, Farm Radio International, Benjamin Fiafor, this year’s theme: “ Agribusiness Development Under Covid-19: Challenges and Opportunities” presents the country with a herculean task of exploring new avenue to finding solutions to challenges hampering growth in the agricultural sector.
According to him, without the use of Weight and Measure for selling farm communities in Ghana, there can be used no meaningful agribusiness in Ghana. Broadcasting the scope of agribusiness and extension services delivery through an extensive use of information Communication Technology (ICT) and the introduction of measuring scales are the obvious choices to achieving results in the agricultural sector.
Currently, Farm Radio International in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) under the Directorate of Extension Services is rolling out the Digital Agriculture Advisory Services Strategy and Plan (DAASSP) project to offer digital advisory services to farmers. This, we believe will in scaling up agribusiness and extension services delivery, especially in the midst of Covid-19, and its attending difficulties with physical extension work.
Farm Radio International is, therefore, calling on the government to promote and enforce the adoption and institutionalization of standard, weight, and measures for trading in all trading in agricultural commodities to enhance agribusiness in Ghana.
It is also calling on stakeholders including the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana Standards Authority, the media, development partners, farmers and the general public to join I the nationwide campaign on the use of standard, weight and measure in Ghana.