Member of Parliament for Juaboso Kwabena Mintah Akandor has bemoaned the rising cost of farming in the country.
Kwabena Mintah Akandor who is heavily involved in farming alongside his legislative duties, in an interview on the Gold Morning Conversation told Sena Nombo a colleague farmer decided to reduce the size of his farmland because of the cost involved in cultivating his farmland.
The Juaboso MP was speaking in the wake of claims by the Minister for Food and Agriculture that the Planting for Food and Jobs Program was 100% efficient and successful.
The program is the Agric ministry’s flagship project for boosting food production in a bid to ensure food security by subsidizing cost of inputs and mechanization.
Kwabena Mintah Akandor however says the Agriculture sector had become unproductive and costly forcing most farmers to either abandon their farmlands or reduce production.
The Juaboso MP said it cost him GH¢10,000 daily to prepare his farmland for planting.
His claim comes in the wake of a similar one by the Chairman of the Peoples National Convention (PNC) Bernard Mornah who said he has been forced to reduce his farmland by 50 percent.
Bernard Mornah told Sena Nombo on GMC that his decision was because of cost mainly in the form of fertilizers and preparation of land.
He said his plan was to increase the size of his farmland but the cost was punitive and he could not bear as he suffered losses from floods in the last farming season.