The Agriculture Minister, Hon. Owusu Afriyie Akoto said that the government has spent more than half a billion dollars in the agriculture sector for the past five years and that is tremendous which no government has invested that much in the sector.
Speaking on Peace FM, Kokrokoo programme with Kwame Sefa Kai, Hon Minister said the government has invested more than half a billion dollars in one aspect in the agric sector which is fertilizer, fertilizer subsidy, improved seeds, and chemicals.
According to him, this investment has had a ripple effect on Ghana’s food production. In West African corridors, Ghana is now the exporter of food products, “unlike some years ago when Ghana used to import food commodities from neighboring countries, today, you can see trucks from countries like Burkina Faso, Togo, Ivory Coast, Mali, and more in the Northern region to purchase food commodities. This indicates that farmers have utilized the money for Ghana’s benefit”.
Hon. mentioned that the Ministry will establish Grain Development Authority to regulate the influx of exporters and improve the income level in the grains export. The grains exported in the Northern region by the West African countries are informal, the government does not gain anything from the trading activities, therefore, the Grains Development Authority would formalize the trading activities to the benefit of the Ghanaians.
The Grain Development Authority would regulate the standards of trading in the local and international markets.