The Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture (Crops), Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo, has emphasized the necessity for increased collaborative efforts between Government and the Private sector to provide comprehensive support for farmers and stakeholders across the agricultural value chain.
Addressing attendees at the 13th Annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Conference and Exhibitions organized by the Agrihouse Foundation, at the Agrihouse Agri-village Learning Training Innovation and Demonstration site in kudula, tamale in the Northern Region, Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo highlighted the importance of collaborative measures between Government and the Private Sector in fortifying the agricultural sector.
In his keynote address, the Deputy Minister, underscored the significance of the agricultural sector in the nation’s economy, acknowledging the dedication and hard work of farmers and stakeholders in ensuring food security and economic stability.
“The theme of this year’s conference, ‘Connecting the Unconnected: The Farmer, The Input Dealer, and The Processor,’ plays an imperative need for a collaborative ecosystem,” stated Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo.
He emphasized the importance of cohesive partnerships among Government, Private sector, Farmers, Input Dealers, and Processors to drive innovation and productivity while mitigating post-harvest losses’ ‘he added.
The Deputy Minister for food and agriculture (crops), affirmed the Ministry’s commitment to bridging gaps within the agricultural value chain, emphasizing initiatives aimed at improving infrastructure, providing access to credit facilities, and enhancing extension services.
Moreover, he highlighted investments in research and development to bolster crop yields and promote climate-smart agricultural practices to mitigate the impact of climate change on food systems.
Encouraging active engagement from all stakeholders, Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo expressed optimism in creating a more resilient and integrated agricultural sector through collective efforts.
The Deputy Minister also extended his gratitude to Agrihouse Foundation for their significant role in fostering a platform for knowledge sharing, networking, and idea exchange within the agricultural community.
In conclusion, he praised the dedication and commitment of attendees, acknowledging their vital contributions to the success of Ghana’s agricultural sector.
His closing remarks reiterated the potential for a brighter and more interconnected future for agriculture in the country, urging continued collective efforts to achieve this goal.