The government of Ghana has urged to establish the investment in malaria prevention to increased food production and to help maintain agricultural expansion in the Ghana.
Business Technical Advisor of the Private Sector Malaria Prevention (PSMP) project of John Hopkins Centre for Communication Program, Mr Ogum Tetteh, said it was time stakeholders in agriculture came together to discuss innovative approaches to reduce the burden of malaria on farmers and agribusinesses.
Mr Ogum Tetteh was speaking at a workshop jointly organized by PSMP and the Ashanti Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA).
The goal of the government was to discuss the malaria in agricultural production – its effects on farmers’ productivity and the entire agribusiness sector.
Department of Cooperatives, General Agricultural Workers Union, Ghana Health Service, farmer organizations, agribusiness companies and the media and MOFA officials attended. The Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (UK) provided the funding.
He said malaria had the likely to strike farming communities at critical planting, weeding and harvesting times, making it impossible for farmers to tend their farms, resulting in hunger and poverty in those communities.
He added, people in malaria endemic regions could experience malaria episodes up to five times a year, and the time lost tending crops during critical agricultural periods in the agricultural cycle meant not just loss of income but also inability to feed themselves and families.
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