‘Policy Makers Neglect Farmers

The Secretary of Food Sovereignty Ghana a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) Kofi Adjei has lashed out at policy makers and stakeholders for neglecting the agricultural sector.

According to him, farmers in the country are left on their own to produce food, adding that, farmers do not have capacity to develop themselves.

Speaking to ultimate news on the celebration of world food today, Mr. Adjei called on policy makers to ensure that proper policies are implemented to help the agric sector.

Ghana today joined the rest of the world to celebrate world food to discuss specific policy areas that need to increase production of food and eradication of hunger.

World food day is marked in several countries around the world to draw attention to specific policy areas needed to increase production of food and the eradication of hunger in the world.

He explained that ‘matters relating to agriculture has been all about talks and speeches all over, little is always done by policy makers in agric sector when it comes to developing policies to protect food security’.

‘What they mostly do is read well prepared statements which talk about statistics that are not real,’ he said.

According to him, ‘In Ghana if we talking of food sufficiency over two thousand five hundred chunks go to the cities alone. Farmers go through a lot in order to get food for the country. Farmers are tired of inorganic agro-chemicals fertilizers, herbicides they are looking for other alternatives’.

This year’s occasion marks seventy years of the formation of the food and agriculture organization of the United Nations.

This year’s theme is, “social protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty”. It draws in the role social protection policies play in eradicating hunger and poverty in Ghana.

The sector has been the main stay of the economy and provides livelihoods for a greater portion of Ghanaians. However, low levels of knowledge of modern technology in mechanized farming, inadequate support and funding for expansion and inconsistent rainfall patterns continue to plague Ghana’s food production sector.

Here in Ghana, the relevant ministries held mammoth ceremony at the state house in the capital Accra to mark the day.

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