An Agriculture Disaster & Emergency Fund is a necessity- Chamber of Agribusiness to Gov’t
The Chamber of Agribusiness-Ghana (CAG) is calling on government to as a matter of urgency set up what they refer to as the ‘Ghana Agriculture Emergency and Disaster Fund (GAE-DF)’ to support farmers and processors in order for them to provide more food for the country.
The Chamber urges government that the “Agriculture Disaster & Emergency Fund” is a necessity, to ensure food security
This, according to CAG, will help Ghana store enough food to supply to the citizenry should the country be hit with food shortages due coronavirus pandemic.
“Countries in the world are
currently undertaking State protection policies to support and protect their
economies and Ghana must not be an exception.
“This is the time that we must all rally to support farmers to be able to continue to produce quality safer food for the country as a whole”, the CAG said in a press release signed by the Chairman, Mr Anthony S.K Morrison.
Aside from this, the CAG is calling
on the government to also set up the Food Security Committee (FSC), that is if
it not already in existence.
The FSC, they proposed, should comprise
of relevant research institutions, financial institutions, the military and the
para security agencies, PPRSD, Crops and livestock division of MoFA,
Electricity Company, processors and relevant private sector players and other
According to the CAG, food security
is highly critical and hence its recognition within the MDGs and SDGs as a
strong and critically achievable goal for the world.
For this reason, the statement read “CAG
is calling on government to profile major food Production zones in the country
and priorities resources while embarking on mopping up of other essentials in
developing and commercializing Vegetables and underutilized Crops”.
It further adds that “food security
crops such as rice, maize, soybean, sorghum, yam, potato, cowpea, cassava,
millet and groundnuts should be prioritized for commercial development”.
The Chamber has also called on the
Government to offer stimulus packages and other support systems to the farmers in
“The poultry, Livestock and
Aquaculture value chains should be included in the stimulus package”, the
statement further read.
They further requested the Bank of
Ghana to relax its monetary policy so farmers and members within the
agribusiness value chain to enable them to access credits to produce some
essential commodities for the Ghanaian public.
Meanwhile, the CAG has laid out some
other proposals to the Government which they believe, when followed. could help
boost the food security in the country.
They recommend a resourcing of the military
and other security agencies to enable them move into Major food crops
production areas in the country to provide some form of support in the areas of
road construction and transport of produce from farms to markets.
Additionally, they again suggest
that Agriculture Machinery for land preparations and harvesting should be
made available by the state to help such initiatives.
“Warehouses and other storage facilities should be made available to store crops while the buffer stock company to mop up and buy produce for storage for any eventuality”, the statement added.
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Source : African Media Agency (AMA)