? ?The 2013 Best Farmer for the Ashanti Regional Chief Executive Officer of FOSUKA Farms, Mr. Kweku Fosu has opened a can of worms when he disclosed that farmers in the country have been denied the needed attention that they require for far too long.
Mr. Fosu who was adjudged the 2013 Best farmer in the Ashanti Region has therefore called on the government, to as a matter of urgency, come out with effective and pragmatic interventional policies that will help tackle the numerous problems challenges confronting farmers in? the country.
The farming industry, according to Mr. Fosu, has been denied the needed attention and respect, and has been made to appear as if it is a profession? for the less privileged and the uneducated in the country.
He blamed the situation on past and present governments who he accused of failing to effectively eradicated the problems facing farmers in the country as well as help change this negative perception that some have about farmers.
This perception, he said contributes to low agricultural production in the country because most people see farming as a job for the low esteemed in the society.
He mentioned the high cost of farm inputs, poor road networks and sometimes unavailability of roadscoupled with lack of financial assistance as some of the major challenges confronting farmers.
He stressed that another challenging problem of their produce after harvesting because of the absence of storage facilities in the country which he stated that is making more farmers loose interest in the work.
He said if care is not taken, no youth will venture into the agric. sector in the future and stressed that it is high time that government realized that agriculture plays central role?in the growth of the country?s economy and also helps in reduce poverty reduction.