Business News of Sunday, 6 October 2013
The European Union (EU) is to support Ghana to revolutionalise its agricultural production.
Mr Dacian Ciolos, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, who made this known in Accra at the weekend, said the support would be in the form of financial and technical interventions.
“Agriculture is not only an economic issue, but also a social issue and this calls for the support,” he said. Stressing that the EU would take Ghana’s agricultural development objectives into consideration.
Mr Ciolos was speaking at a stakeholders meeting with the theme: “Challenges and Opportunities in Africa, and strategies to unlock the economic potentials of agriculture development in Ghana.”
Dr Yemi Akinbamijo, Manager of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) said the partnership between EU and Ghana, which is under negotiation would take place from 2014- 2020.
He said, it is a period for the promotion of agriculture and security.
“Some economist described Africa as being on a low ground as far as agriculture is concerned, but 10 years later they described Africa as being on the rise and now, they have described Africa as the rising continent,” he said.
Dr Akinbamijo said : agriculture would provide greater help to reduce poverty if done properly; pointing out that production, trading, finance, as well as infrastructure, education, science and technology and regional integration; are the seven pillars of FARA, which would be used to develop Ghana.
Dr Armed Yakubu, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture said agriculture remains the pivot of Ghana’s future.