Business News of 2013-12-07

Industries must utilize local agricultural produce - Veep

Government has appealed to industries in Ghana to utilize the country’s agricultural produce to enable the sustenance of food security and nutrition.

Addressing the National Farmers Day celebration at Sogakope in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region on Friday, Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur mentioned companies such as “the Guinness Ghana Brewery Limited and Accra Brewery Limited who are using cassava as raw materials for the production of beer.”

“Value addition is therefore key to reducing post harvest losses in the value chain,” he added.

He revealed that “government is making investments to ensure a massive reduction in post harvest losses in the agricultural sector of the country.

“Government is aware of the current inadequacies with storage structures in our commercial market…government is giving attention to the development of the domestic market by forging partnerships between the private sector and the District assemblies.”

This he said will encourage “trade and help minimize risk associated with food wastage.”

According to him, “government is resolved to develop farmer-based organizations to enhance transfer of knowledge and skills as well as access to resources.”

He noted that the development of such organizations is necessary because “they are important stakeholders in the value chain and we should improve efforts at reducing post harvest losses.”

Mr. Amissah-Arthur pledged government’s unflinching support and dedication to developing agriculture to improve the lives of farmers in Ghana.

The National Farmers Day celebration instituted in 1985 is aimed at recognizing and rewarding hardworking farmers for their contribution to national development.

To acknowledge this important role of farmers who ensure that there is food on our tables every day, the government has since 1988, set aside every first Friday in December as a national holiday to honour our farmers.