Ghana, Accra February 5, 2013: The National Food and Agricultural Show (FAGRO) is seeking closer collaboration and partnership with smallholder farmers towards the total transformation of the agriculture sector.
This will entail a massive reinvestment in the annual event with the support of government and other development partners for the purpose of empowering farmers to increase production; productivity and quality at the same time facilitate access to markets.
Farmers will also be encouraged to develop collaborative projects and seek facilitation through the local government and other development partners.
This was made known by FAGRO the 2013 Planning Committee Chairman, Mr. Sulley Adam at the annual FAGRO Stakeholders? Meeting held in Accra, last week.
The one-day meeting provided a platform for FAGRO stakeholders to deliberate on strategic agriculture themes and ways to make agriculture more profitable and rewarding for small holder farmers.
According to Mr. Adams FAGRO provides an opportunity to come out with strategies that will lead to the development of the agricultural sector for the benefit of small-scale, resource-poor farmers and other marginalized social groups.
Mr. Adams called for massive investment in FAGRO and agriculture saying ?If we are to produce more and better, we must re-invest in agriculture; we must help the poorest farmers develop their own agriculture and seek to ensure greater commitments towards markets.?
For his part, Managing Director of RST Company limited? Mr. Sampson Tetteh called for the incorporation of demontration farms into the main FAGRO event saying???Demonstration Farms are hugely important to encourage knowledge exchange? amongst other farmers and enable the public to see firsthand how their food is grown using the latest technology to the highest standards of environmental care.?
He added that FAGRO has over the years set itself apart as the only agric fair in the country that provides the platform for farmers and participants to network, form strategic partnerships and learn modern techniques of Agricultural marketing, the appropriate and modern use of farming technology and also farm business management such as laws and policies, accessing land, water, effective production services, resource management and conversation practices.
?I believe FAGRO, has a potential not only to market Ghana?s agricultural potential but also serve as an important vehicle to educate people especially the youth to get into agriculture and in so doing contribute in increasing food production in the country.? He said.
A representative of YARA Ghana Ltd, Mr. Eric Quarshie encouraged farmers to apply best farming methods including fertilizer application for high yields.
He said the farmers of this country need seeds, fertilizers, and other farm inputs that are accessible and affordable.