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‘Private sector is key in agricultural trans formation’ –Dr Afriyie Akoto

By: Graphic Business

The Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has touted the private sector’s capabilities to improve the agriculture sector.
According to him, it is essential for the public sector to recognize the private sector as key stakeholders, and thus work together to utilise resources efficiently for national development,
 “Undoubtedly, the private sector has a huge potential to make overwhelming contributions to the sector by improving the development, availability and access to improved inputs such as improved certified seeds, quality fertilizers, agricultural machinery, and suitable services and products among the value chain actors,” he said.

This was contained in a release issued in Accra on April 4 ahead of the 9th Annual Pre-Season Agribusiness Networking & Exhibition Forum.

Annual forum
 The annual forum, organised by the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG), in close partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and other private agricultural firms will bring together public officials and private sector businesses including farmers, processors, agro-input dealers, seed companies, from across the country.
The forum will focus on building partnerships, establishing market linkages, learning and forecasting towards upcoming planting seasons.
The theme for the event, expected to be held in Tamale on April 4 is: “Vibrant Agricultural Value Chain Networking; Key to National Transformation beyond Aid.”

Agricultural productivity
 The President of the NASTAG, Mr Thomas Wilfred Havor noted that access to good quality inputs had tendencies of ensuring a highly productive and viable agricultural sector.
Improving farmers’ access to good quality inputs, particularly seeds, is a major catalyst in transforming the agricultural sector into a highly productive system for increased productivity and to ensure food and nutrition security, as well as generate employment for the economically active youth in a sustainable manner,“  he said.

The NASTAG is an umbrella private sector-led seed value chain actors’ organization, tasked the major role of improving the production, availability, accessibility and affordability of high-quality seeds and planting materials for efficient farming, in a timely manner.
These activities consequently, lead to increased productivity in Ghana’s agriculture value chain.