Fertilizer Smuggling: Government to establish Farmer Database Scheme to halt menace

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Smuggling Fertilizer
Smuggling Fertilizer

Government is working towards establishing a Farmer Database Scheme to track the subsidised fertiliser distribution programme to halt smuggling.

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture will also take the biometric data of beneficiary farmers to aid in authentication.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced this at the 2021 National Farmers’ Day celebration at the Adisadel College Park in Cape Coast on Friday.

He said the number of farmers benefiting from the subsidised fertiliser distribution programme had increased from 597,662 in 2016 to 1.2 million as at October 2021.

President Akufo-Addo urged all stakeholders in the agriculture value-chain to support the sector policies and interventions to ensure sustainable livelihoods and an improved economy.

Government would strengthen linkages of the Planting for Food and Jobs and the Rural Industrialisation Agenda to improve livelihoods and empower Ghanaians, he said.

The investment in the agricultural sector, over the past five years, was yielding positive results, complemented by the efforts of the farmers and fishers to prevent food shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic, the President said.

The Ghana COVID-19 Revitalization of Enterprises Scheme, otherwise known as ‘Ghana-Cares’ or Obaatanpa programme, with GHc100 billion budget projection from both government and the private sector, had components for youth who wanted to enter into agro- processing and agribusiness, he said.

He, thus, urged the youth to take advantage of the Scheme to establish themselves in those areas to be self-sufficient and create jobs.

Alhaji Mashud Mohammed from the Mion District of the Northern Region was crowned the 2021 Overall Best National Farmer.

He received GHc600,000 from the Agricultural Development Bank, 500,000 worth of insurance cover from GLICO Insurance and a study trip to Israel, sponsored by Broadspectrum Limited.

Mr Suleman Yidaana from the East Mamprusi District of the North East Region was the First Runner-up and received a tractor, trailer, Disc Plough, a Boom Sprayer and Ghc300,000 worth of insurance cover by GLICO Insurance and a study trip to Israel.

Reverend Samuel Sida from the Asutifi North District of the Ahafo Region was the Second Runner-up and was presented a Nissan Navara Double Cabin Pick-Up and Ghc200,000 worth of insurance cover by GLICO Insurance.

Mr Kweku Ehun from the Gomoa West District of the Central Region was the Overall Best Fisherman and would receive a two-bedroom house built at his preferred location.

A total of 165 gallant farmers and fishers across the country were rewarded for their sterling efforts in sustaining the economy through the production of food and cash crops as well as fish over the period.

This year’s Farmers Day was celebrated on the themed: “Planting for Food and Jobs; Consolidating Food Systems in Ghana.,”

President Akufo-Addo was the Guest of Honour, and Odeefuo Amoakwa Buadu VIII, the Paramount Chief of Breman Asikuma Traditional Area and President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs, the Chairman.

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Ghana Cocoa Board jointly hosted the colorful and well attended programme to recognise the enormous contributions oEconomics President Farmers
Agriculture will make Ghana self reliant

Cape Coast (C/R), Dec. 3, GNA- President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he is optimistic that Ghana can leverage her food systems to achieve the vision of a Ghana beyond Aid.

He said the central pillar of his government’s agricultural transformative policy, the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, launched in April 2017, as well as other flagship agricultural initiatives, had posted impressive growth records that is improving the country’s food self-reliance.

The President who was speaking at the 37th edition of the national farmers’ day celebration at the Adisadel College Park in Cape Coast in the Central Region on Friday, said his government’s structured initiatives and policies, as well as the sustained investments in resources and expertise, was spurring the country’s economic growth.

He said that complementary programmes, such as the revitalisation of the National Food Buffer Stock Company to improve market access, investment in warehouses to store grain surpluses anticipated from increased productivity and production, the” One-Village-One-Dam” policy to increase water availability for all year production, and the” One-District-One-Factory ” initiative to promote rural industrialisation, had all contributed to the successes chalked in the agriculture sector.
“The record is impressive,” he stressed.

President Akufo-Addo said the government would continue to create the enabling environment and strengthen the linkages between the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs and the rural industrialisation agenda, the One District, One Factory.

He noted however that consolidating and strengthening Ghana’s food systems have become even more critical in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to disrupt global supply chains, and expose the vulnerability of the food system worldwide.

The President stressed that it was of great necessity, that Ghana built a sustainable, resilient and equitable food system that can withstand such shocks, emphatic that his administration would push the needed action to improve the contribution of agriculture to Ghana’s economy because, “There is wealth in Agriculture.

He called for the support of all stakeholders, including farmers and fisherfolk, value chain actors, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, policymakers, researchers and friends of Ghana towards the realization of the government’s agenda of transformation of the agricultural sector and consolidation of the country’s food systems.

This year’s event, jointly hosted by the ministries of Food and Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Ghana Cocoa Board, is being held on the theme, “Planting for Food and Jobs; Consolidating Food Systems in Ghana.

The day recognizes the contributions of farmers and fisherfolks to Ghana socio-economic development. A total of 160 farmers and fishermen across the country are to receive awards for their sterling effort at ensuring food security in the nation.

Alhaji Mashud Mohammed from the Meon District of the Northern Region was adjudged the 2021 Overall Best National Farmer.

He received GHS600,000 from the Agricultural Development Bank, 500,000 worth of insurance cover from GLICO insurance and a study trip to Israel sponsored by Broadspectrum Limited.

Mr Suleman Yidaana from the East Mamprusi District of the North East was the First-Runner-Up and received a tractor, trailer, Disc Plough, a Boom Sprayer and 300,000 worth of insurance cover by GLICO Insurance and a study trip to Israel while Reverend Samuel Sida from the Asutifi North District of the Ahafo Region was the Second Runner-up and received a Nissan Navara Double Cabin Pick-Up and 200,000 worth of insurance cover by GLICO Insurance.

Mr Kwaku Eshun from the Gomoa West Central of the Central Region was the Overall Best Fisherman and would receive a two-bedroom house.
GNAf Ghana’s gallant farmers and fishers.

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