We use digitalization to reduce the risks of the agricultural sector to promote agribusiness – Bawumia
The government led by Akufo-Addo is putting in place effective enablers and systems to de-risk Ghana’s agricultural sector to drive transformation and engender growth, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia said.
He outlined various policies and programs including digitization of public sector institutions, roll out of National Single Identity Cards (Ghana-Card), Mobile Money Interoperability Payment System and National addressing digital property as key pillars to reduce the risks of the agricultural sector towards fostering growth and economic expansion.
“The government must continue to address the key factors militating against Ghanaian farmers’ desire to grow and compete in the global market,” he said.
“Therefore, the government will continue its program to ensure the collection and storage of accurate data, easier access to credit through the establishment of an appropriate identity for each and the location to be achieved through the inclusion financial.”
Vice President Bawumia gave the assurance when he welcomed the participants of the annual Dialogue BootCamp on Career Guidance and Mentoring of Agriculture Students (AG-STUD AFRICA BOOTCAMP 2022) at Jubilee House in Accra.
The five-day event is held under the theme: “Digitalization – The Enabler, Game Changer and Future of Agricultural Youth”, which attracted students from Kwadaso and Wenchi Agricultural Colleges, Adidome Farm Institute, Universities of Ghana, Cape Coast and Development Studies, Damongo Agricultural College and Accra Academy.
It was organized by the Agrihouse Foundation to shape and promote the conversation about agriculture through smart thinking, effective communication, and impactful, agriculture-friendly projects.
Agrihouse Foundation is a non-governmental organization with a particular focus on shaping the mindset and perception of young people about agriculture.
It consciously promotes agribusiness conversations through advocacy, capacity building, people impact programs, trade shows, project implementation, field demonstrations, research and data collection, exhibitions, conferences and seminars.
For the past five years, he had organized BootCamps of agriculture students to change mindsets, leading Agri-Youth direct impact initiatives, mentoring young people interested in pursuing careers in agribusiness and entrepreneurship as well as other activities in the agricultural value chain to ensure food security in the country.
Ms. Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa Sarpong is the Founder and Executive Director of the Agrihouse Foundation, with Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, MP for Korle-Klottey, as Patron of the annual Agricultural BootCamp.
Vice President Bawumia said he would take the opportunity to be the head of the government’s economic management team to bring about change and transformation through digitization initiatives.
“So when we took office in 2017, the president gave me the mandate to change the way things have been done in the country over the past 60 years of independence and to put in place effective systems to transform the Ghanaian economy by mitigating risk and making it efficient, hence I have focused on using digitalization to achieve this goal,” Dr. Bawumia explained.
“The application of technological processes to change the way we do business, the way individuals and businesses interact with each other and with government agencies and institutions is what we desire.”
“Digitalization is essential in this era of fourth industrial revolution focused on robotics and artificial intelligence to transform the economy, how to collect and store data and use data to improve economic activities. We therefore see digitalization as a risk reduction for the agricultural sector, because there are many perceived risks in the sector.
These efforts would undoubtedly move Ghana from the current dependency mentality to a “Can-Do” attitude.
The Vice President urged participants and youth in general to develop a dynamic mindset to build a sustainable future while striving to develop skills to lead the country towards realizing its transformation agenda.
He said agriculture played a vital role in the socio-economic development of Ghana, employing nearly 60% of the population and closing the income gap.
“We want to end the vicious circle of rhetoric and underdevelopment. Our government is pursuing an agenda of economic transformation through digitalization. »
Dr. Bawumia is committed to supporting the activities of the Agrihouse Foundation to mentor young people in pursuing careers in agriculture, entrepreneurship and agribusiness.
Dr. John Kofi Mensah, Managing Director of the Agricultural Development Bank, reaffirmed the Bank’s commitment to financially supporting young people in pursuing their vision of becoming agricultural entrepreneurs.
The Bank, for example, instituted a special program to provide stipends to young people in agribusiness and land for pineapple plantation as part of its corporate social responsibility.