Create link between agric and industry -MoFA
The Ministry for Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has stated that there is a critical need for Ghana to establish a strong relationship between agriculture and industry to add value to products of farmers.
Addressing a news conference to announce the 28th Farmers Day celebration slated for Friday, the sector Minister, Kwesi Ahwoi said it is important for food produced by farmers to have a longer life span on the market.
He explained: “If other manufacturers could look at how to extend the shelf life of these products, just as you walk into a shop and you can buy biscuit and the biscuit can stay for three to four months on the shelf, same way we need to find ways and means of adding value to our basic raw material. That is why we keep emphasizing the need to establish a relationship between agriculture and industry.”
According to him, if this is not done, “the raw material figures we throw out will mean nothing unless we can prolong the life span of the food that we produce.”
Mr. Ahwoi noted that factories in Ghana do come up with problems every now and then.
He said: “Ayensu itself right from its inception had problems of raw materials supply and the relationship between the farmers, price and the off-taker which is the factory. Hannah Tetteh [Minister for Trade and Industry] has been able to re-activate the factory; we’ve been able to sit down with the farmers and organized them into a cooperative and we have worked out a pricing relationship.”
“Every year, we give a new price to cocoa and the pricing committee includes farmers, COCOBOD and other interested parties. They sit down together and they agree on the price. Once the price is fixed, then every cocoa farmer sells his cocoa for that price,” he added.
Mr. Ahwoi also mentioned that “the Buffer Stock Company has started doing something similar in the three target products of rice, maize and soya bean.” This year’s Famers Day will be held at Abokobi in the Ga East Municipality of the Greater Accra Region. Credit: Citifmonline
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