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Workable System Needed To Make Agriculture Attractive – Mr. Seth Dganamah

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Chief Executive Officer Ceo Of Kaana Farms Mr Seth Dganamah
Chief Executive Officer Ceo Of Kaana Farms Mr Seth Dganamah

Source: Kutumoyewoo Nabary

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Kaana Farms, Mr. Seth Dganamah has advocated for a workable system that seeks to encourage the youth to into agriculture, particularly Mango and Coconut farming.

He indicated that Mango and Coconut like other cash economic crops are not capital intensive to do, maintain free and long-life sources of steady income when done well with hybrid verities.

Mr Dganamah a 76-year-old farmer, made the call in an interview with the Media at Manya Shai Hill in Shai- Osudoko District where his farm is located.

He stated that such a system must seek to change the negative perception youth have of going into farming, as Agriculture has been identified as one of the economic pillars in the development Agenda of Ghana.

According to him over 60 percent of the youth are not interested in going into Agriculture, which to them is an old-fashioned or unprofitable venture and to change such perception, lands ought to be made available with constant sensitisation to increase their interest in participation in Agriculture, to help solve the problem of unemployment in the country.
He said that so doing will significantly go a long reduce the rural-urban migration by the youth for greener pastures which are non-existent in reality.

Mango Tree
Mango Tree

Mr. Dganamah stated that Agriculture is the backbone of every economy and it provides materials and revenue for communities globally, saying the youth are the future of Ghana and they need to be supported to be self-sufficient in life.

He therefore emphasizes the need for a policy that will be effectively implemented for Chiefs and Caretakers of lands to consider the youth in their communities freely of charge to encourage them to go into farming, when selling lands to estate developers.

Mr. Dganamah, the 2007 Shai- Osudoku, Best Farmer and 2012 National Crop Best Farmer stated that in 1991, as a citizen of the area, he had the ambition of going into farming and with the help of his brothers properly acquired 125 acres of land from the chiefs, and farming with Agro Afforestation.

He said along the line, Mango and Coconut plantations which have been identified as very lucrative varieties and since then he has not regretted going into such venture alongside.
He indicated that currently has a 20-acre Coconut plantation which is made up of Fiji dwarf, West coast tall, Macapuno types, Cashew on 20 acres, varieties of mangos trees, comprising, Keitt, Kent, Elolon, Papmer, Spring, and Turpentine fruits on 22 acres, Popoo on 24 acre land, several pigs and the rest is used for secondary farming, including maize, garden eggs, cassava and sweet potatoes.

He said he has 12 permanent workers and 40 casual workers depending on the type of work they will do within the period.
“While the aged have and are playing their role in making Agriculture Ghana’s highest earner, the youth who are already into Agriculture must be encouraged and honoured so that others, will also have the interest to go into such profitable venture”.

Mr. Dganamah said with his long-standing rich expertise in best farming practices he is a council member of a school farming project in the district and some other districts in the country.

“We have observed that since the success of youth in Agriculture will depend on the availability of land to young people especially to go into mango and coconut farming like among other cash economic crops and they will never regret in life”.

He said farmers in the area currently are worried about the continuous sales and forceful acquisition of arable farmlands by Chiefs, forgetting that, the 2020 Lands Act; Act 1036, warrants natives of a community who have decided to develop land within the jurisdiction or right of the stool, as long as it is unappropriated, has not been a decision to plan to use it for some other states, that particular land that the person develops, he acquires the usufruct.

He therefore appealed to Traditional Authorities and Land owners who constantly and rampantly acquisition of farmlands to stop such unconstitutional acts in the interest of peace and tranquility of the area.

He expressed his appreciation to all and sundry who in diverse ways have supported him all this while and prayed that they will continue to come to his aid when the need arises.

 

 

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