He emphasised that though IFAD is co-financing the programme, the GoG is still seeking additional support.
His Excellency also noted that his government is committed to boosting productivity in the agricultural sector. He added that investment in agriculture will increase productivity and will go a long way to reduce poverty especially among the rural populace as well as provide employment. This has become even more crucial in this era of changing climate, adding that his government is finding more pragmatic solutions to climate change. He expressed his appreciation to IFAD for the US$10million grant to address the adverse effects of climate change on our already resource poor small farmers.
The President further stated the GoG is providing good roads to link farming communities to the markets and urban centers; good health facilities; good schools and electricity in the rural areas among other rural infrastructure to attract the youth into agriculture. The GoG is giving priority to rural and agricultural transformation by investing and facilitating the acquisition of agricultural equipment, he added. He also emphasised that the youth should also be encouraged to rent equipment since not everyone can acquire equipment for farming.
His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama applauded MOFA for adopting value chain approach in developing agriculture and added that access to funding is very important. He further implored the private sector to invest in the sector, adding that the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP) has been successful in attracting more financial institutions to support the programme.
His Excellency John Dramani Mahama concluded that the crop sub-sector often dominates in most projects but GASIP has made an attempt to include the livestock sub-sector and duly launched the programme.