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Politics of Thursday, 5 December 2013

Source: myjoyonline.com

PNC proposes an Investment Fund for farmers

Ahead of Farmers Day tomorrow, the Peoples National Convention (PNC) is proposing the establishment of an Agricultural Investment Fund to support farmers.

General Secretary of the PNC, Bernard Mornah said it is not enough for the day to be celebrated as a statutory holiday without a dedicated fund to sustain agriculture.

The National Farmers Day is a day set aside by government to honour hard working farmers, who excelled in their contribution to improving the agricultural sector in the country.

This year’s event will be held at Sogakope in the South Tongu District in the Volta region. The theme for the celebration would be: "Reducing Post-Harvest losses for Sustainable Food Security and Nutrition.

Distinguished farmers will receive national honours together with prizes in recognition of their hard work.

In an interview with Joy News Thursday, Bernard Mornah called on Ghanaians to sacrifice a day’s salary as a startup capital for the fund.

He said the farmers, who have continually supported the food needs of Ghanaians over the years must be supported financial and technologically to boost their yields.

“Agriculture has been the main stay of the economy because we get income from cocoa and other exports for infrastructural development”, he noted.

The PNC General Secretary further indicated that a buoyant Agric industry will reduce the foods Ghana imports from other countries.

Bernard Mornah commended government for its continuous recognition of the enormous contribution of farmers in the country.

Meanwhile, Parliament is asking government to come up with a national post harvest policy framework to give legal protection for the produce of Ghanaian farmers’.

In a congratulatory message to farmers, the House expressed worry about the growing spate of post harvest losses, which continues to adversely affect the farmers in their efforts to meet Ghana’s food needs.

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