The Minority in Parliament has appealed with the government to concentrate on country’s agricultural sector rather than concentrating on oil and gas sector.
They said that the reason of decline in agricultural production is inappropriate policies implemented by the government; Ghana is heading the direction of increased poverty and food insecurity.
The Minority’s spokesman on Food and Agriculture Dr Owusu-Afriyie Akoto has addressed with farmers in Goaso in the Brong Ahafo Region, he said the government is focusing on the issues of oil and gas industries in the country therefore agricultural sector of the country is diminishing economic fortunes.
He said actually the government is doing nothing for agricultural sector but by implementing inappropriate policies they showed that they are doing very well for agricultural sector.
He described the sluggish agricultural conditions of Ghana which shows that the industry can-not grow.
There is less employment opportunities in agriculture sector, 60 percent of country’s population are engaged with agriculture sector that is why decline in agriculture production is directly affected on the livelihood of people and the poverty level increased.
Dr Akoto has revealed that the growth of agricultural sector has declined from 7.4 percent to 7.2 percent in 2008 to 2009, further it decreased 5.2 percent in 2010 and in 2011 hitting a bottom of 0.8%.
Further he said that the growth registered in 2012 is 2.3 percent recovering to 5.2 percent in 2013 and then 5.3 percent in 2014 and attributed that the growth in those two years was due to unprecedented growth in lodging and forestry activities.
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