President Nana Akufo-Addo has admonished Ghanaians to celebrate cocoa farmers for giving Ghana international mileage and recognition.
The President made the clarion call at the 35th Farmers’ Day Celebrations at Ho, the Volta regional capital on Friday on the theme: “Enhancing Small Scale Agriculture towards Agribusiness Development”.
According to President Akufo-Addo, an important contribution of farmers that often escapes us, relates to our national identity. He observed that Ghana is known globally for its premium cocoa beans, so cocoa farmers must be celebrated for giving Ghana international mileage and recognition.
He further said farmers who are also striving hard to showcase Ghana’s rich diversity in agriculture both on the domestic and international markets deserve to be motivated for their tireless efforts.
“That’s why the theme for this year’s Farmers’ Day ‘Enhancing Small Scale Agriculture towards Agribusiness Development’ excites me so much,” he said.
The president revealed that the theme for this year’s Farmers’ Day is very relevant because it aligns with government’s strategy of focusing on small holder-farmers in modernizing and transforming Ghana’s agriculture.
He added that the crux of the approach is to move away from subsistence agriculture to commercial agriculture.
To achieve this objective, he said, certainly enjoins government to offer support targeted to subsistence farmers to scale up production to open up agribusiness opportunities to the rest of the economy.
“The benefits of developing agribusiness are numerous and diverse. It’s evident in developed and emerging economies. Ghana cannot be an exception to this rule,” the president said.
By Richmond Acheampong, Sunyani – Daily Mail GH