Deputy Minister in cost of the Ministry of Meals and Agriculture, Kennedy Osei Nyarko, has termed on management and associates of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) to rescind their decision to boycott this year’s farmers’ working day celebration.
PFAG in a statement on Wednesday claimed it would be ‘absolutely’ absurd for its associates to notice this year’s Farmers’ Day celebrations when most of them are battling with publish-harvest losses and deficiency of market place.
But in an job interview on Eyewitness Information, the Deputy Minister who described the action by the farmers as unfortunate pleaded on them to be part of the celebration given that the federal government is in the system of resolving their considerations.
“If we have these types of a huge variety of people becoming the backbone of agriculture in this country boycott a nationwide celebration which seeks to recognise and reward their challenging operate for the several years that they have been in that industry, it’s really unlucky but I will plead with them that they need to rescind their final decision and occur and sign up for us to rejoice this year’s farmers’ day. I feel the techniques that authorities is getting to tackle their difficulty, really shortly they will see it but currently authorities is accomplishing a lot”.
For PFAG, “there is nothing at all to rejoice when some associates are even now counting on their losses,” the association mentioned in its assertion.
PFAG, having said that, counseled governing administration for setting apart a working day to respect farmers’ job in the advancement and improvement of the place.
Each and every first Friday in December each and every year is established apart to rejoice farmers and fisherfolk in the state.
The topic for the celebration is: “Enhancing Smaller Scale Agriculture in direction of Agribusiness Growth.”
Ahead of the celebration, PFAG in its statement also congratulated all smallholder farmers, specially those people who will be awarded prizes at the regional stage.
PFAG reported even though it absolutely supports the government’s ban on the importation of rice by 2022 and other food items crops that can be manufactured in Ghana, it needs the authorities to continue to be committed to the prepare.
“Adopting Nigeria’s food stuff importation ban idea [immediate ban] will not only assist to cut down Ghana’s import bill but develop work prospects in Ghana and stabilize the cedi as well as put smiles on the faces of smallholder rice farmers. Concrete steps need, therefore, to be put in location to begin a ban on imports this kind of as a reduction in 2020 rice imports,” explained PFAG.