Mr Michael Borboyoe Nartey, Ningo-Prampram District Best Farmer for 2016 has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to diligently implement promises he made on boosting the agricultural sector.
He asked the President not to limit his vision of an improved agriculture sector to proposed measures but rather put in commitment and resources to fulfil it.
Mr Nartey said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in reaction to the President’s State of the Nation Address presented to Parliament on Tuesday.
According to him, for the Ghanaian farmer, the statement from the President remained a political talk until they see it being implemented.
President Akufo-Addo in his statement indicated that his government would provide farmers with improved seeds, supply of fertilizers, all year round water to irrigate farms under the one village, one dam policy.
The President also promised the identification and registration of progressive farmers by District Assemblies, availability of the services of dedicated agricultural extension services, a marketing strategy and the use of e-agriculture as well as the promotion of food processing.
Mr Nartey indicated that “for me, it is another political talk, I won’t believe him until I start seeing signs of the promises”.
“Every government says the same thing every time, but Ghanaian farmers continue to struggle, politicians talk more what they normally do for us”, he added.
He stated for instance that, since August 2016, the sale of subsidized fertilizers had stopped leading to farmers either buying from the market or making use of manure to grow their products.
The Ningo-Prampram 2016 Best Farmer also recalled that over the years, selected farmers had attended a number of trainings and had been registered to benefit from some policies which never materialized.
“For me, I manually pump water to irrigate my farm, therefore the provision of irrigation dams would be a welcome relief and other farmers in the district.It will make a great difference in our lives,” he said