Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, who has resigned as Minister for Food and Agriculture, has reiterated his claim that under his stewardship as Minister Ghana’s agriculture sector has seen growth.
In a statement on social media announcing his resignation and its acceptance by the President, Dr Afriyie, while expressing his appreciation to Ghanaians for their support during his tenure as Minister, explained that he implemented and championed major agricultural programmes that have resulted in the growth of the sector.
“Under the leadership of the Akufo-Addo led administration, I implemented and championed major agricultural intervention programmes which has led to the growth of the sector over the years,” he stated.
Even though Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto implemented the Akufo-Addo-led administration’s flagship Planting for Food and Jobs programme and other policies, his claim of growing the sector has often been contested. Skyrocketing prices of agriculture products have been cited to counter his claim of bumper harvests and the abundance of food as a result of growth in the sector. Notwithstanding, Dr Akoto has insisted that the sector flourished under him.
His resignation, predictably, is to enable him to focus on his ambition of becoming President of the country.