Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured stakeholders in the agricultural sector of his governments’ commitment to increasing efficiency in agricultural production through value addition, storage and enhanced marketing facilities.

Over the next four years, the government will aim its policy interventions in modernising agriculture at value chain addition and creating additional businesses which will generate job opportunities in the areas of storage, processing, packaging and marketing agricultural produce to ensure higher incomes for farmers and fishermen, he adds.

President Akufo-Addo gave the assurance in a keynote address at the 68th New Annual Year School which opened at the University of Ghana here Monday. The 2017 edition of the New Year School, under the theme Promoting National Development through Agricultural Modernization: The Role of ICT, focuses on modernising agriculture through the application of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to increase agricultural production and making the sector vibrant to create employment for youth.

The conference will also discuss climate change and its effects on the agricultural sector and create a common platform for farmers to share relevant market and weather information.

President Akufo-Addo said under his government’s comprehensive scheme, district assemblies and traditional authorities would be assigned specific roles in agricultural development, and that the interventions would specifically target and support women in agriculture.

He expressed the hope that the deliberations at the School would come out with suggestions that would help integrate ICT into agriculture to accelerate and modernize the sector.



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