The Minister in charge of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has admonished Ghanaians to be proud of the achievements chalked by President Nana Akufo-Addo in the agric sector.
Appearing before Parliament during the debate on the State of the Nation Address delivered by the president last week, the minister said, the record of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has been exceptional and unmatched.
He said, the growth under the sector has increased tremendously under the able leadership of President Akufo-Addo.
The performance of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), was an abysmal growth and was around one percent but per the record of the NPP has jumped to about six percent.
“The record on my sector is something every Ghanaian should be proud of because for the first time, instead of the 2-3 percent and one percent rate of growth that we have experienced for 10 years, under the previous administration, we have jumped the growth; the growth has increased to six percent in 2017-2018 and we expect it to increase when the final report get to my office,” he said.
On agriculture, President Akufo-Addo delivering his state of the Nation address said, “Thanks to the programme for “Planting for Food and Jobs”, admirably organised by that outstanding Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, this House stands informed, that, in 2018, exports of food crops such as cassava, rice, yellow and white maize, soya, plantain, cowpea and yam were made FROM Ghana to Burkina Faso, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire in considerable quantities. We had a bumper harvest of produce, and, last year, we did not import a single grain of maize.”
On fisheries he said, “The Aquaculture for Food and Jobs will be implemented for three years, from 2019 to 2021, in collaboration with the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) and the School Feeding Programme. It is expected to create 7,000 jobs, and add an extra 33,628 metric tonnes of fish to our domestic fish production. Piloting of the AFJ has already started at the James Camp Prison. Government will collaborate with the private sector to facilitate the provision of 5,000 outboard motors and 55,250 bales of prescribed fishing gears through the fisheries associations. To promote the effective and efficient distribution of premix fuel, we will continue to use the premix fuel tracking system, and audit landing beaches, measures which have ensured that, since November 2018, there has been no report of premix diversion, a marked improvement from the past. US$185 million loan money has been earmarked for the construction of twelve (12) landing sites and two (2) fishing harbours in some selected fishing communities in the country. Phase I will kick off in March at Axim, Mumford, Winneba and Teshie. Recently, I cut the sod to commence work at the Jamestown Harbour Complex, which, like the development of Elmina Fishing Harbour, is part of our plans for the fishing sector in 2019.”