By Stephen Odoi-Larbi
“Their resilient efforts have sustained Ghana’s economy in many ways. The recent modest micro-economic gains made by the country, could largely be attributed to their tremendous contribution to the growth in the agricultural sector, as indicated by the economic experts,” noted Rev. Dr. John B. Ghartey, General Secretary of the Assemblies of God Church, in a statement released in Accra yesterday, to congratulate farmers as they celebrate ‘Farmers Day’.
He added, “Beyond this, their sacrifices have also yielded foreign earnings for the country, as the export of raw materials from our end continues to rise.”
Whilst commending the farmers, the church also called on the Government of Ghana to speed up her infrastructural development programs in the rural areas, to encourage the youth to appreciate agriculture.
“We are aware that over the years, our farmers have worked under very deprived and poverty-infested conditions, where they are compelled to use outmoded technology, and much of human effort to grow food for the country. Many of them have resisted the temptation to migrate to the urban centers for greener pastures, and more humane conditions. This is why we will continue to persuade government to speed up her infrastructural development program in the rural areas, so as to encourage the youth to appreciate agriculture,” noted Dr. Ghartey.
The church further proposed that, as part of the award for the best farmers, free agriculture consultancy be provided for them to help them increase and multiply their yield.
It also called on the government to strengthen agriculture departments and educational institutions in the country, to ensure that the students are equipped with the necessary skills to enable them “make this noble profession an obvious career choice.”
That notwithstanding, the Church called on the Government of Ghana to continue her efforts at reducing import of foreign agriculture products.
This, according to the Church, would encourage patronising of locally-produced food.
It however, appealed to Ghanaians, especially, political leaders, to endeavour to serve locally produced foods at all state and public functions.
Pix: (left) Rev. Dr. Paul Frimpong-Manso, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Church