MAHAMA UNVEILS BLUE PRINT FOR AGRIC SECTOR


The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr

John Dramani Mahama, says promoting agri-business will be a top priority of

his next government.

Addressing a gathering of chiefs and people after commissioning a cassava

processing factory in Kintampo on Friday as part of his three-day tour of the

Bono East Region, Mr Mahama said this will ensure real transformation for the

agriculture sector by increasing the earnings of farmers and creating more

jobs.

As part of the agric sector transformation plan, Mr Mahama said the name of

the Ministry of Food and Agriculture will be changed to the Ministry of

Agriculture and Agri-business to reflect the special emphasis on creating more

business opportunities for farmers.

He explained that the under the plan, the government will set up agric

mechanisation centres with the modern farming machinery to make the work

of farmers easier and more attractive to the youth. He added that farmers will

then be able to access the services of the agric mechanisation centres at

cheaper rates or on credit and pay after harvesting their crops.

He said the the next NDC government will create crop processing zones where

smaller factories will be established across the country to help process farm

produce and reduce post-harvest losses.Mr Mahama said his next government, in line with the 2020 manifesto of the

NDC, known as the People’s Manifesto, will establish a Cashew Development

Board to promote the interest of cashew farmers.

He said his government will also establish cashew processing plants in the

Bono and Bono East Regions to process cashew nuts for the export market..

Mr Mahama therefore urged the electorates to vote for him in the December 7

presidential election to enable the NDC work implement its manifesto plan

which seeks to create a quarter of a million jobs every year for the next four

years as well as invest two billion dollars annually over a five-year period to

create oppotunities for local businesses and stimulate economic growth.

Eric Boateng | Radio Gold 905fm

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