As a result of efficient and effective Government policy like ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’, other polices, maize and rice yields have gone up by about 110% and 48% respectively, President Akufo-Addo has disclosed.
In his recent 2021 State of the Nation Address, the President said “we have for the first time in a long while, become a net exporter of food as opposed to the days of importation tomatoes and plantain”.
“Indeed in 2019, we exported some one hundred and fourty thousand metric tons (140,000) to our neighbours” he stressed.
According to the President, during the period of the covid-19 pandemic there was no food shortages in the country, like has been reported in other countries.
Furthermore, he said a new trading mechanism has been implemented that will guarantee that cocoa farmers receive additional monies for every $400,000 per ton of cocoa sold, effective from the 2020/2021 crop season.
Through the establishment of the Tree Crops Development Authority, he said, the President Akufo-Addo government, is determined to end the over-reliance on cocoa, and develop other cash crops such as cashew, cotton, mango, oil palm, rubber and shea.
He further noted that government is firmly committed to the completion of the mini habours and landing sites, “which are at different stages of completion in Senya Beraku, Dixcove, Elmina, Moree, Winneba, Gomoa Fetteh, Teshie, Keta, Mumford and Jamestown,” he mentioned.
Agric records 8.3% growth rate
The Agriculture sector was the only sector that recorded a growth rate in the third quarter of 2020, the president’s address revealed. It recorded a Gross Domestic Product of 8.3%.
With the exception of Forestry and Logging sub-sector that contracted, all the other sub-sectors expanded in growth in quarter three 2020, he said.
Whilst, the Fishing sub-sector expanded by 20.4%, the Crops sub-sector grew by 9.0% in the third quarter of 2020, he noted.