Ghana: Digitization to reduce risks in the agricultural sector – Vice President Bawumia
Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia said the government’s digitization initiative would reduce risks for the agricultural sector and create systems that would enable it to grow.
He said available data showed most young people did not see farming as a lifelong career and described it as a risky and unprofitable capital and labor intensive activity.
To address these and other challenges, the Vice President said the government has embarked on a major digitization drive to modernize the Ghanaian economy.
Dr Bawumia, who was addressing the Agrihouse Foundation’s Dialogue on Career Guidance and Mentoring Boot Camp for Agricultural Students, said that “from the farm to the factory to the office, the government is digitizing the way we collect data, store data and use data to improve economic activities”. .
He said the government will address the challenges militating against the sector to make it attractive so that Ghanaian farmers can grow their businesses and compete globally.
For agribusiness to thrive, Dr Bawumia said an efficient payment system must be available for farmers to make and receive payments, wherever they add that, that is why the interoperability of l mobile money was launched to facilitate the payment system in the country.
The Vice President said the government was focused on building the catalysts for Ghana to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
He said that financial inclusion is a key part of every economy and that is why the government has taken measures such as issuing the Ghana Card, digital addressing system among others to enable every Ghanaian to participate in the economy.
Dr. Bawumia encouraged students to develop a mindset of possibilities and to resist any attempt at discouragement while trying to be innovative.”
“You should not be afraid to fail. Indeed, you will not always succeed. But even in the event of failure, you will learn something, there are lessons to be learned”, he added.