Government will continue to create conducive environment for rapid growth of agricultural sector – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo assured the government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for all relevant actors in the agricultural sector.

In a tweet to commemorate National Farmers Day 2021 on Friday, the President noted that there is wealth in agricultural pursuits; thus, his administration would ensure that the necessary policies are implemented to ensure the rapid growth of the sector.

President Akufo-Addo also took the opportunity to celebrate the fishermen and farmers who through their efforts have provided food for the country and parts of West Africa despite the Covid-19 pandemic. 19.

Their efforts which kept Ghana from falling into a state of food scarcity, he said, cannot be underestimated or taken for granted.

In view of this, President Akufo-Addo noted that this year’s event has taken on added significance.

“On behalf of the government and people of Ghana, I send a warm ayekoo to our farmers and fishers on the occasion of the 37th edition of Farmers’ Day,” the president said.

He also prayed that God bless “our farmers and our fishermen, and all of us, and that God bless our homeland, Ghana, and make it great and strong.”

The 2021 National Farmers Day celebration took place in Cape Coast in the Central Region. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Planting for Food and Jobs – Strengthening Food Systems in Ghana”.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo, addressing the citizens, announced that as part of the measures to create an enabling environment for agricultural growth, the government is establishing an information bank on agricultural land.

This initiative, he said, will enable landowners to make the land they intend to lease available to investors and address the challenges associated with finding land for agricultural and other purposes. investments.

Again, the president revealed that the cabinet had approved the recruitment of 1,100 additional vets to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

Fifty percent of that number, he said, will be recruited in 2022 and the remaining 50 percent will be recruited over a two-year period.

“The Cabinet has granted approval for the acquisition of a research vessel and four patrol boats for the fisheries sector. The acquisition of a research vessel will facilitate regular research on fisheries and stock surpluses. This will enhance data availability for scientific fisheries management.

The four patrol boats will also build enforcement capacity to help address the issue of exploitation and overfishing,” he added.

According to President Akufo-Addo, construction works on fish landing sites and port projects located in Accra and the Western Region which are expected to facilitate the transformation of the fisheries sector are progressing steadily.

He further disclosed that the necessary preparatory work is also underway for the enactment of a new Fisheries Act to replace the Fisheries Act 2002 (Act 625).

Lana T. Arthur